The good news: Andre Roberts won the Salute to Service award, as we covered earlier in the week, and is a deserving selection for that honor. The bad news: He was the only Falcon to get such an award, and Tom Brady won MVP yet again.
Otherwise, it was a lot of fresh faces, at least. Brady has won the MVP a tiresome number of times and will exit the NFL, whenever he does, as the universally-recognized greatest quarterback ever to play for the greatest team ever to play, so let’s get that depressing sentence out of the way right now.
On the plus side, Todd Gurley was a deserving choice as the Offensive Player of the Year, and teammate Aaron Donald was an equally deserving choice as the Defensive Player of the Year. Twin Saints rookies Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara are going to be loathed in Atlanta for years, but you really can’t argue against either for their Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards. And while Coach of the Year should have been pretty contentious, Sean McVay won in a landslide.
Here’s the full list of awards. May these again be dominated by Atlanta Falcons in 2018.