2012 NFL 101 Award winners

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AFC Offensive Player of the Year, Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Denver Broncos

  • Seven-time 101 Award winner (record)
  • Top-rated passer in AFC with 105.8 rating
  • His 4,659 passing yards were second in AFC and sixth in NFL while his 37 touchdowns were best in AFC and third in NFL
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl for a 12th time (QB record)
  • Four-time NFL MVP (record)
  • Only quarterback in league history to pass for more than 4,000 yards 12 times
  • Led the Broncos to a 13-3 record, the AFC West Division title and the top seed in the AFC

NFC Offensive Player of the Year, Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

  • First-time 101 Award winner
  • First in the NFL in rushing yards (2,097), yards per game (131.1), and carries for 20 or more yards (27)
  • Second in the league in yards per carry (6.0) and tied for third in the league with 12 touchdowns
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl for a fifth time
  • Only the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season
  • Led the Vikings to a 10-6 record, a second-place finish in the NFC North and a wild card berth

AFC Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans

  • First-time 101 Award winner
  • First in the NFL with 20.5 sacks for 139 yards lost, recorded 81 tackles and forced four fumbles
  • First in the league with 16 passes defended, leading to five interceptions
  • Broke the Texans record for sacks in a single season
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time
  • Led the Texans to a 12-4 record, the AFC South Division title and a second straight trip to the playoffs

NFC Defensive Player of the Year, Aldon Smith, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers

  • First-time 101 Award winner
  • First in NFC and second in NFL with 19.5 sacks, recorded 66 tackles and forced three fumbles
  • Fastest player in the NFL to record 30 sacks, accounting for 33.5 his first two seasons
  • Set franchise record for single-season sacks this year after establishing the rookie sack record in 2011
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time
  • Led the 49ers to an 11-4-1 record and the NFC West Division title

AFC Coach of the Year, Chuck Pagano/Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts

  • Combined to lead the Colts to an 11-5 record and a spot in the AFC wild card game
  • Pagano left the team October 1 to begin treatments for leukemia. Arians took over as interim head coach until Pagano returned December 24
  • Both coaches are in their first year with Indianapolis
  • Pagano spent the previous three seasons as the secondary coach and then defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens
  • Arians spent the previous eight seasons as the wide receivers coach and then offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Arians was running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-92

NFC Coach of the Year, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

  • In his third year with the Seahawks and has compiled a regular-season coaching record of 58-54
  • Led Seattle to an 11-5 record; the 11 wins are third-most in franchise history
  • Wild card playoff win at Washington was Seahawks first road playoff victory in nearly 30 years
  • Went undefeated at home for just third time in Seahawks history
  • Also served stints as head coach for the Jets (1994) and the Patriots (1997-99)
  • Came to Seattle after coaching USC to a 97-19 record, six BCS bowl wins and two national championship game appearances