Two quarterbacks who direct the league’s most high-powered offenses will join two of the most formidable defensive players – one of which is Vikings DE Jared Allen - and two coaches who guided their teams to playoff appearances as the 2011 winners of the annual NFL 101 Awards. The NFL 101 Awards are the nation’s premier awards event dedicated exclusively to professional football.
The 2011 season award winners will be presented with trophies at the 42nd Annual NFL 101 Awards gala in Kansas City Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Westin Crown Center. The prestigious black-tie awards event was founded in 1969 and has evolved into what many sports insiders consider the finest awards event of its kind. This year’s event is presented by Perfect Output and ECCO Select.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Year, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodges was the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Year, Terrell Suggs was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year, Allen was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year, Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiac was the AFC Coach of the Year and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh was the NFC Coach of the Year.
A national media committee, comprised of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL, selected the winners in each award category in a nationwide vote at the conclusion of the regular season. In addition to these award winners, the Committee of 101 also selects the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, which was created in 2007 to honor the life and legacy of the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and given in recognition of visionary leadership that has helped the NFL become the preeminent pro sports league in America. This year’s Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football award winner will be announced in February.
The awards show hosts for the evening will be NFL Network sportscaster Paul Burmeister and CBS football analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL Most Valuable Player and Minnesota Viking, and a two-time 101 Award winner.
Event proceeds this year will be directed to the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation through the Chiefs Children’s Fund, a 501(c)3 foundation that distributes funds to various children’s charities throughout the Kansas City area. TMC joined the Chiefs as the official Community Health Partner in September 2010. The Chiefs and TMC are working together to provide wellness education and promote healthier living for the people of Kansas City. Both TMC and the Chiefs play a vital role in the Kansas City community and this partnership capitalizes on two well-established brands for the common goal of improving the health status of the community in general, and of the citizens in the urban core particularly.
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