Rodgers, Newton, others bring home the hardware [NFL Awards]
Rodgers put up shocking numbers this season while leading the Packers to a 15-1 regular season record. Despite sitting out the final game of the season, he threw for 4643 yards with 45 TD and 6 INT. He finished the season with an all-time record 122.5 QB rating.
Drew Brees won the Offensive Player of the Year award, leading the league with 46 touchdowns. He also broke Dan Marino's single-season passing yardage record, throwing for a downright insane 5476 yards.
The Defensive Player of the Year was Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. He had 52 tackles, 14 sacks, and was the leader of the vaunted Ravens offense.
Jim Harbaugh won Coach of the Year, after the 49ers' improbable run to the NFC Championship game.
Matthew Stafford, whose 41 touchdown passes somehow weren't even enough to get him a Pro Bowl invite, was the Comeback Player of the Year. He played only 3 games in 2010.
In what shouldn't surprise many people, Panthers QB Cam Newton has been named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Newton finished his rookie year with4051 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He was the first rookie ever to pass for 4000 yards.
If that weren't enough, he also ran 126 times for 706 yards. That's an average of 5.6 yards per carry, and his 14 rushing touchdowns were good for 2nd in the NFL.
Newton received 47 out of 50 first place votes, and Bengals QB Andy Dalton got the other 3.
On the defensive side, Broncos LB Von Miller took the award.
Miller registered 11 sacks, 51 tackles, and was a cornerstone of a Denver defense that played outstanding in the second half of the season.