Favre, Dungy Headed to Hall of Fame
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Ken Stabler head the list of players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Favre retired as the NFL's all-time leading passer with 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards and 508 TDs. Stabler compiled an impressive .661 winning percentage and totaled 27,938 yards and 194 touchdowns.
The class of 2016 also includes receiver Marvin Harrison, linebacker Kevin Greene, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr. and senior selection Dick Stanfel. Harrison finished with 1,102 receptions, 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Greene recorded 160 career sacks and led his team in that department 11 times.
Terrell Davis, Joe Jacoby, John Lynch and Kurt Warner, and coach Don Coryell were eliminated in the final vote.
The NFL and The Associated Press also handed out their postseason awards on the eve of Super Bowl 50.
Cam Newton won the AP NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide, receiving 48 of 50 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. The Carolina Panthers' All-Pro quarterback also earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors after setting an NFL mark for the position with 45 touchdowns this season, 35 passing and 10 rushing. He also ranked sixth with a 99.4 passer rating while throwing for 3,837 yards.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time. Watt's superb fifth pro season for the AFC South champions included a league-high 17 1-2 sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Rams running back Todd Gurley is the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,106 yards. Gurley finished third in league rushing and scored 10 touchdowns despite missing the first two games of the season.
Cornerback Marcus Peters took Defensive Rookie of the Year as he tied for the league lead with eight interceptions in helping the Chiefs make the playoffs.
Kansas City safety Eric Berry is the NFL Comeback Player of the year. Berry became an All-Pro this season and missing 10 games in 2014 while battling lymphoma.
Carolina's Ron Rivera has won The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award for the second time in three years. Rivera led the Panthers to an unprecedented third straight NFC South title and two playoff victories this year, putting the team in the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.
Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is the AP's NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.