The awards went as expected Saturday night at the NFL Honors show. Aaron Rodgerswon his second MVP, and J.J. Watt was the first unanimous Defensive Player of the Year in football history.
The bigger surprise came when the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015 was announced. Annual bridesmaids Charles Haley, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown were inducted while Orlando Pace and Marvin Harrison were left out in the cold.
The snubs are part of the business of the Hall of Fame. We'd rather focus on the jubilation of the eight men inducted during the awesome moment they were announced as Hall of Famers to a thunderous standing ovation.
The other goosebumps moment came from Thomas Davis's speech when he accepted the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. He is an inspiring choice, and his words are well worth listening to.
Here's a complete list of the winners on Saturday:
» FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers; Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
» Don Shula HS Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School
»Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Junior Seau, LB; Tim Brown, WR; Jerome Bettis, RB; Charles Haley, DE/LB; Will Shields, G; Bill Polian, contributor; Ron Wolf, contributor; Mick Tingelhoff, C
» Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham Jr.'s amazing one-handed 43-yard touchdown catch
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