2nd annual NFL Honors to be broadcast Super Bowl eve on CBSby jmaloni
Show salutes top NFL players and performances from the 2012 season
Special performance by OneRepublic and appearances by Hall of Fame players Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders
For the second year, the night before the top two teams kick off Super Bowl XLVII, the NFL will salute its best players, performances and plays from the 2012 season with the 2nd annual NFL Honors, to be broadcast Saturday, Feb. 2 (9 p.m.), on the CBS Television Network. Alec Baldwin will serve as host of the star-studded football and entertainment event.
Current and former NFL players such as Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders are scheduled to be in attendance as the NFL and The Associated Press announce their annual accolades in an awards show format. NFL Honors, which debuted last year, is now an annual event from the Super Bowl city. The winners will be on hand to accept the awards.
Among the awards that will be announced will be the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
Seven of the awards will be from the AP. Those awards, which include AP Most Valuable Player and AP Coach of the Year, are voted on at the end of the regular season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.
The full list of the awards that will be presented are:
- AP Most Valuable Player presented by Papa John's
- AP Coach of the Year
- AP Offensive Player of the Year
- AP Offensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max
- Pepsi Max Rookie of the Year
- GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year
- NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP
- Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year
- Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
- AP Comeback Player of the Year presented by Lenovo
- AP Defensive Player of the Year
- AP Defensive Rookie of the Year presented by Pepsi Max
- FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year
- Bridgestone Play of the Year
- "Greatness of the Road" Award presented by Courtyard Marriott
- Salute To Service Award presented by USAA