Newton and J.J. Watt winning big awards was not a surprise during the award show. Watt had a message for all the people that doubted him along the way.
"I was a 2-star recruit coming out, and now I have 3 DPOY awards. So... screw all of you guys for doubting me," Watt said.
Comeback Player of the YearEric Berry provided the most resonant moment of the night talking about the times he "felt like I couldn't do it anymore" during his battle with cancer. He thanked his mom for being there for him during "lonely nights" and you could see how much the award meant to him. The night wrapped up with Anquan Boldin winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year, a worthy choice for one of the league's class acts of the last decade.
Here is the full list of winners from the evening:
»*Don Shula HS Coach of the Year:* Michael Burnett, Tuscarora (Virginia) High School