As has been NFL tradition for some time, the National Football League announces its newest class of the Hall of Fame on the eve of the Super Bowl as part of a celebration of the sport's history. But the eve of the game's biggest sporting event is also an embrace of its present, as it is also the time that the season's awards are given out.
This year, there was quite a bit of competition for many of the awards. For example, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning were both prime candidates for several of the awards, including offensive player of the year, comeback player of the year, and MVP.
Another particularly interesting race was the offensive rookie of the year award, thanks due in large part to an impressive crop of rookie quarterbacks who all led their teams to the playoffs: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson.
To see who took home these and other awards, including coach of the year, check out the list.