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NFL Honors

NFL Honors

  • Premiered: 
    February 4, 2012
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: football (pro)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 2012 on the Saturday night before the Super Bowl, the National Football League (NFL) and the Associated Press (AP) have announced their annual accolades for NFL players, coaches, and moments for the just-finished football season. The ceremony takes place in the city hosting the Super Bowl -- Indianapolis' Murat Theatre (2012); New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson Theater (2013); New York City's Radio City Music Hall (2014); Symphony Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center (2015); Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (2016); Wortham Theater Center in Houston, TX (2017); Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota (2018); FOX Theatre in Atlanta (2019); Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami (2020) -- and the network presenting the Super Bowl also shows the NFL HONORS. Seven of the awards are from the Associated Press, including the AP Most Valuable Player and AP Coach of the Year, and other awards include the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
The 10th annual NFL HONORS, hosted again by Steve Harvey, premiered on Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 8-10pm ET/PT on CBS. Green Day opens the show with a special performance, and Leslie Odom Jr. performs during the in-memoriam segment. Award presenters include current NFL players and Legends, celebrities David Boreanaz, Kevin Hart, Rebel Wilson, and the Super Bowl LV Honorary Captains -- educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner, and veteran James Martin -- three heroes who served as leaders in their respective communities during the pandemic. For the eighth year, the newest Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2021 appearing on stage. The full list of awards that were presented include:

- AP Most Valuable Player presented by Pizza Hut
- Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide
- AP Coach of the Year presented by Bose
- AP Comeback Player of the Year presented by Visa
- AP Offensive Player of the Year
- AP Defensive Player of the Year
- AP Offensive Rookie of the Year presented by Microsoft Surface
- AP Defensive Rookie of the Year presented by Microsoft Surface
- Bridgestone Clutch Performance Play of the Year
- FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year
- Salute To Service Award presented by USAA
- Deacon Jones Award
- Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
- AP Assistant Coach of the Year
- Inspire Change Tribute presented by P&G
- Bud Light Celly of the Year
- SNICKERS Hungriest Player of the Year
- DraftKings Daily Fantasy Player of the Year
- Fan of the Year presented by Subway
- Small Business, Big Impact presented by Visa

Preceding CBS's telecast, NFL Network airs "Super Bowl Saturday Night" at 8pm ET/5pm PT, covering all the sights and sounds from the Red Carpet at NFL HONORS.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by NFL Network
  • In association with dick clark productions (2012-2015)
  • In association with Rock Garden Media (2016-2021)


  • Murat Theatre (2012) - Indianapolis, Indiana USA - Map It!
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater (2013) - New Orleans, Louisiana USA - Map It!
  • Radio City Music Hall (2014) - Manhattan, New York USA - Map It!
  • Symphony Hall (2015) - Phoenix, Arizona USA - Map It!
  • Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (2016) - San Francisco, California USA - Map It!
  • Wortham Theater Center (2017) - Houston, Texas USA
  • Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium (2018) - Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
  • FOX Theatre (2019) - Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • Adrienne Arsht Center (2020) - Miami, Florida USA