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Michael Bennett, Alex Smith Headline 2017 Walter Payton Award Nominees

Dec 7, 2017 8:24 PM

The NFL has released their list of nominees for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson

Atlanta Falcons: Ben Garland

Baltimore Ravens: Benjamin Watson

Buffalo Bills: Lorenzo Alexander

Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen

Chicago Bears: Sam Acho

Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Johnson

Cleveland Browns: Randall Telfer

Dallas Cowboys: Travis Frederick

Denver Broncos: Chris Harris Jr.

Detroit Lions: Haloti Ngata

Green Bay Packers: Clay Matthews

Houston Texans: J.J. Watt

Indianapolis Colts: Darius Butler

Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Jackson

Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith

Los Angeles Chargers: Casey Hayward

Los Angeles Rams: Rodger Saffold

Miami Dolphins: Kenny Stills

Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Rudolph

New England Patriots: Nate Solder

New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan

New York Giants: Mark Herzlich

New York Jets: Quincy Enunwa

Oakland Raiders: Bruce Irvin

Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins

Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward

San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Pinion

Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Clinton McDonald

Tennessee Titans: Wesley Woodyard

Washington Redskins: Nick Sundberg

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Case Keenum Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Month

Nov 30, 2017 11:15 AM

Case Keenum has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for November.

Keenum led the Vikings to a 3-0 record to go with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

Here are the other player of the month honors for November:

Saints DE Cam Jordan, NFC Defensive Player of the Month: Jordan had three sacks in November.

Rams K Greg Zuerlein, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Zuerlein went 12 of 12 on field goals and 11 of 12 on PATs.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, AFC Offensive Player of the Month: Brady threw for at least three TDs in each game this past month and went 3-0 for New England.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward, AFC Defensive Player of the Month: Hayward had three interceptions in November for the streaking Chargers.

Ravens K Justin Tucker, AFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Tucker went 6 of 6 on field goals and 8 of 8 on PATs.

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Matt Ryan Becomes Fastest To 40,000 Passing Yards

Nov 13, 2017 8:21 AM

Matt Ryan threw for 215 yards as the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, allowing him to become the fastest player in NFL history to surpass 40,000 passing yards.

Ryan has 40,073 yards through 151 career games. Drew Brees, previously the fastest to the mark, needed 152 career games.

"I've been fortunate to play with a number of great players throughout my nine-and-a-half or 10 years here,'' Ryan said. "I have been fortunate to be on some really good teams and to be able to stay healthy. I'm proud of that. I hope that there's another 40,000 in there, and I can keep playing for a long time."

Ryan is the 19th quarterback to surpass 40,000 yards in league history.

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Colin Kaepernick Named NFLPA Week 1 Community MVP

Sep 15, 2017 12:34 PM

Colin Kaepernick was named the NFLPA's Week 1 Community MVP after he made the latest monthly $100,000 donation and he hosted a back-to-school backpack giveaway in New York. 

Last week's community award winner was Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who has helped raise more than $33 million for relief efforts in the Houston area.

Kaepernick is still represented by the players union even though he is not currently employed by an NFL team.

Kaepernick vowed to donate $1 million last season after his national anthem protest.

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Matt Ryan Beats Out Tom Brady To Win 2016 NFL MVP

Feb 4, 2017 10:37 PM

Matt Ryan beat out Tom Brady to win the 2016 NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Ryan received 25 votes for MVP while Brady finished second with 10.

Ryan finished with 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

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Tomlinson, Warner, Terrell Davis, Jerry Jones Headline HOF Class

Feb 4, 2017 8:14 PM

LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Jerry Jones have been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tomlinson and Taylor were the only players in this class who are first-ballot selections.

Tomlinson set the template for running backs in this pass-happy era, equally adept at short-yardage runs and catching the ball out of the backfield. The NFL MVP in 2006 when he scored 31 touchdowns and gained 2,323 yards from scrimmage, Tomlinson was previously selected by the Hall of Fame as a starter on its All-Decade team of the 2000s.

Warner didn't become a full-time starting quarterback until he was 28 years old with the 1999 St. Louis Rams. He wound up winning the MVP and Super Bowl that season, the last player to pull off that double. Warner would win another league MVP and reach two more Super Bowls in a career that continued defying expectations.

Davis' career with the Broncos was brief, yet brilliant. A sixth-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, Davis played his best in the biggest games. He recorded seven straight 100-yard performances spanning the 1997 and 1998 postseason, with the Broncos winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

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Dak Prescott Beats Out Ezekiel Elliott To Win Offensive Rookie Honors

Feb 4, 2017 8:04 PM

Dak Prescott beat out teammate Ezekiel Elliott to win the 2016 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

In balloting announced Saturday night, Prescott received 28½ votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. The other 21½ went to Elliott, who rushed for a league-high 1,631 yards and scored 15 times. Prescott ranked third in passing behind the two Super Bowl quarterbacks, throwing for 23 TDs with four interceptions.

Prescott is the first Cowboy since Emmitt Smith in 1990 to earn the honor. Tony Dorsett, Duane Thomas and Calvin Hill also won it for Dallas.


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Joey Bosa Named Defensive Rookie Player Of The Year

Feb 4, 2017 7:57 PM

Joey Bosa has won the 2016 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie Player of the Year award in a landslide.

Bosa had 12.5 sacks despite missing the first four games due to a holdout.

Bosa earned 37 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. He easily outdistanced Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who received 10. The other three votes went to Falcons linebacker Deion Jones in balloting announced Saturday night.


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Khalil Mack Wins AP Defensive Player Of The Year By One Vote

Feb 4, 2017 7:55 PM

Khalil Mack has been named the 2016 Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Von Miller by one vote.

Mack drew 18 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Miller was next at 17 in balloting announced Saturday night.

Mack had 11 sacks, took part in 73 tackles, forced five fumbles and recovered three, and even had an interception for a touchdown. 

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Matt Ryan Named 2016 AP Offensive Player Of The Year

Feb 4, 2017 7:52 PM

Matt Ryan has been named the 2016 Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Ryan led the NFL in passing as the Atlanta Falcons scored a league-high 540 points.

Ryan drew 15½ votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers was second with 11 and Arizona's versatile running back, David Johnson, received eight in results announced Saturday night.


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Matt Ryan Headlines 2016 AP All-Pro Team
The 2016 AP All-Pro Team features three rookies and 17 first-time selections.


Doug Baldwin Unconcerned With Contract Status
Doug Baldwin had a breakout 2015, catching 78 balls for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Cam Newton Nearly Unanimous As NFL MVP
Cam Newton received 48 votes while Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each received one vote.

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Ron Rivera Named Coach Of The Year
Ron Rivera has been named Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

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Cam Newton Wins Offensive Player Of The Year
Cam Newton had 35 passing touchdowns and an additional 10 rushing while throwing for 3,847 yards.


J.J. Watt Named Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt joined Lawrence Taylor as the only players to win the award three times.

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Marcus Peters Named Defensive Rookie Of The Year
Marcus Peters emerged as a lockdown cornerback for the Chiefs.

Todd Gurley Named Offensive Rookie Of The Year
Todd Gurley finished his rookie season with 1,106 yards in 13 games.

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J.J. Watt Named Unanimous Defensive Player Of The Year
J.J. Watt had 20 sacks, 78 tackles -- 29 for losses -- 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.


Seau, Shields, Bettis, Haley, Brown Named To Hall Of Fame
Junior Seau, Will Shields, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown and Charles Haley have been voted into the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

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Aaron Rodgers Wins 2nd NFL MVP Of Career
Aaron Rodgers received 31 MVP votes compared to 13 for J.J. Watt.

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Seau, Warner, Pace Headline Hall Of Fame Finalists
First-year candidates Junior Seau, Kurt Warner and Orlando Pace are among 18 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Watt, Gronkowski Headline All-Pro Team As Unanimous Selections
J.J. Watt received five defensive end votes and the other five for defensive tackle.

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2014 Pro Bowlers Announced
The Broncos have the most Pro Bowl selections with nine.

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Lynch On HOF Potential: You Know Who Votes For That
Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 4.2 yards per carry in his career on nearly 2,000 attempts.

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Rodgers, Luck, Barwin, Beckham, Borland Headline NFL's November Awards
Aaron Rodgers headlines the NFL awards for the month of November, winning NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors.

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Belichick Improves To 100 Games Over .500
Including the playoffs, Bill Belichick is 110 games over .500 with a mark of 226-116.

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Murray, DeAndre Leavy Win NFC Players Of The Month For September
DeMarco Murray became just the fourth player in NFL history to post 100-plus rushing yards and at least one rushing touchdown in each of the first four games of a season.

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Watt, Rivers Win AFC Players Of The Month Award For September
According to Pro Football Focus, J.J. Watt has 32 quarterback pressures this season.

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Philip Rivers Named NFL Comeback Player Of The Year
Philip Rivers received 13 votes, ahead of Knowshon Moreno and Jason Peters, who each had eight votes.

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