Ted Thompson hit a home run with Eddie Lacy, a hard-nosed runner who has given the team a new dimension. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers fans: Two reasons to watch NFL Honors tonight

 

Eddie Lacy pounded and spun his way to more than 1,000 yards as a rookie. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Eddie Lacy pounded and spun his way to more than 1,100 yards as a rookie.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

 

We’ve already had the Golden Globes and the Grammys, now it’s time for the NFL Honors Awards program tonight starting at 7 p.m. CST, on FOX.

Here’s how nfl.com describes the program:

The night before Super Bowl XLVIII, the NFL will salute its best players and plays from the 2013 season with “NFL Honors,” a star-studded football and entertainment event. The two-hour prime time awards special from Radio City Music Hall in New York will air nationally on Feb. 1 at 8 PM ET on FOX.

There will be two awards that will raise the most interest among fans of the Green Bay Packers: Rookie of the Year and Play of the Year.

 

Eddie Lacy was flying high all season long for the Green Bay Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Eddie Lacy was flying high all season long for the Green Bay Packers.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Eddie Lacy is one of the front-runners as the Rookie of the Year, while Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb are being touted for their 4th and 8 touchdown inside of one minute – not only did that single play win the game against the Chicago Bears, but it also won the team its third straight NFC North Division title and a home playoff game.

While Lacy is being mentioned most as the head of the rookie class, there are a couple of other risers in San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen and Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard who had great first seasons.

 

 

Here are their season stats:

Eddie Lacy

Keenan Allen

Giovani Bernard

 

As for the Play of the Year, Packers fans have got to be cheering for the game-winning touchdown in the Chicago game. The drama behind this particular play alone makes it the year’s best play: Green Bay vs. Chicago; Aaron Rodgers’ first game back on the field since he fractured his collarbone Nov. 4 against the same Chicago Bears; less than a minute left in the game; 4th and 8; winner takes he division and a trip to the playoffs.

John Kuhn‘s block on Julius Peppers springs Rodgers who sprints to his left, stops, and throws deep down the middle to a wide open Randall Cobb who catches the ball and runs the final 10 yards for the touchdown.

Does it get any better than that?

I don’t think so. We hope those voting are thinking the same thing.

We’ll find out tonight.

Here is a list of all the awards to be given tonight. Most of these are no-brainers, but it should still be a fun program to watch.


Awards

    • AP Most Valuable Player
      Presented by Papa John’s
    • AP Coach of the Year
      Presented by Lenovo
    • AP Offensive Player of the Year
      Presented by Xbox One
    • AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
      Presented by Pepsi NEXT
    • AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
      Presented by Pepsi NEXT
    • Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Year
    • NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year
      Presented by SAP
    • Don Shula NFL HS Coach of the Year Award
    • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
    • AP Comeback Player of the Year
      Presented by Castrol EDGE
    • GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year
    • FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year

    • Greatness on the Road
      Presented by Courtyard
    • Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year
    • Salute To Service Award
      Presented by USAA
    • AP Defensive Player of the Year
      Presented by Surface

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