On the eve of Super Bowl 50, the NFL will recognize the best of the best from the 2015 season with the fifth annual “NFL Honors” awards show.
As the Giants’ recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the fifth time in his career, Manning is up for the league-wide honor along with representatives from the 31 other clubs.
“My dad (Archie) played at the same time as Walter Payton, and has some stories and always talked about what a great person he was,” Manning said of the late Pro Football Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back who is the namesake for the award. “He was a prankster and just a joy to be around and worked extremely hard and he had only great things to say about him. From everything wonderful I’ve heard about him, it’s an honor to receive this award for the Giants team. I’m proud about the work I do, on and off the field.”
As for Beckham, the star wide receiver looks for his second Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year Award after he took it home last season thanks to his one-handed catch against the Cowboys.
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This year, his diving grab in the end zone in Week 12 at Washington and his toe-dragging touchdown two weeks later at Miami are two of the 32 nominees, which fans can vote for at nfl.com/playoftheyear. Beckham is also up for the NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year Award presented by SAP after catching 96 passes for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2015.
Beckham is no stranger to the red carpet.
In addition to winning play of the year, he was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year at last year’s show. No player in league history has more receiving yards in his first two seasons than Beckham, who broke Randy Moss’ record of 2,726. Beckham has 2,755 yards since the Giants drafted him with the 12th overall pick in 2014.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will also be announced during the show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The 15 finalists, including former Giants quarterback Kurt Warner, were announced on Jan. 7. Additionally, Tom Coughlin, who recently stepped down as head coach of the Giants, is up for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA, which acknowledges the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.
The full list of awards that will be presented at “NFL Honors”:
|AP Most Valuable Player presented by Verizon||Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide|
|AP Coach of the Year presented by Lenovo||AP Comeback Player of the Year|
|AP Offensive Player of the Year presented by Microsoft||AP Defensive Player of the Year|
|AP Offensive Rookie of the Year||AP Defensive Rookie of the Year|
|Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year||FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year|
|NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP||Courtyard's Greatness on the Road Award|
|Salute To Service Award presented by USAA||Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald's|
|Deacon Jones Sack Leader||Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Castrol|