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NFL Honors: Awards Announced, Browns part of Super Bowl joke

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The annual awards are announced, plus some Cleveland mentions.

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The seventh annual NFL Honors show was televised Saturday night, with players and personnel from across the league in attendance. Rob Riggle was the host, and with the Cleveland Browns finishing 0-16, they were an easy target for his monologue:

Riggle: “A lot of fans across the country were worried that the Vikings might make the Super Bowl, saying that playing at their home field would give them an unfair advantage. To avoid this controversy going forward, the NFL announced that all future Super Bowls would be played in Cleveland.”

(laughter/groaning)

Riggle: “Yes...when it comes to getting beat, nobody beats the Browns. Classic Cleveland burn, come on! Hey, look at Jim Brown! There he is!”

Riggle: “He gets it, he knows what I’m talking about. That’s his loving it face, by the way.”

Hosts never fail to involve Brown. It happened with Keegan-Michael Key in 2017. It happened with Conan in 2016. It also happened with Seth Myers in 2015.

The other Browns-related thing was that DE Myles Garrett was spotted in the crowd once:

No members of the Browns were up for any of the actual awards, which I have recapped below. Here are the awards for the NFL, as announced by the Associated Press.


Offensive Rookie of the Year:

The winner is Saints RB Alvin Kamara, who had 28 votes. The other people who got votes were Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (21) and Texans QB Deshaun Watson (1).


Defensive Rookie of the Year:

The winner is Saints CB Marshon Lattimore, who had 45 votes. The other people who got votes were Bills CB Tre’Davious White (4) and 49ers LB Reuben Foster (1).


Assistant Coach of the Year:

The winner is Pat Shurmur, formerly of the Vikings, who had 24.5 votes. The other people who got votes were Patriots DC Matt Patricia (4), Saints DC Dennis Allen (4), Rams DC Wade Phillips (4), and 13.5 votes TBD.


Coach of the Year:

The winner is Rams head coach Sean McVay, who had 35 votes. The other people who got votes were the Vikings’ Mike Zimmer (11), JaguarsDoug Marrone (2), EaglesDoug Pederson (1), and Patriots’ Bill Belichick (1).


Defensive Player of the Year:

The winner is Rams DT Aaron Donald, who had 23 votes. The other people who got votes were Jaguars DT Calais Campbell (17), Cardinals LB Chandler Jones (5), Saints DE Cameron Jordan (1), Vikings SS Harrison Smith (1), Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (1), Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (1), and Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (1).


Offensive Player of the Year:

The winner is Rams RB Todd Gurley, who had 37 votes. The other people who got votes were Steelers WR Antonio Brown (8), Patriots QB Tom Brady (4), and Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (1).


Comeback Player of the Year:

The winner is Chargers WR Keenan Allen, who had 28 votes. The other people who got votes were Vikings QB Case Keenum (8), Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (5), Jaguars LB Jaylon Smith (2), Steelers DE Cameron Heyward (2), Rams RB Todd Gurley (1), Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (1), Ravens TE Benjamin Watson (1), Bears CB Kyle Fuller (1), and Saints LB Manti Te’o (1).


Most Valuable Player:

The winner is Patriots QB Tom Brady, who had 40 votes. The other people who got votes were Rams RB Todd Gurley (8) and Eagles QB Carson Wentz (2).


Hall of Fame Class of 2018