Aldon Smith to be Honored at 101 Awards Banquet
KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Former Missouri and current San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith will be honored at this year's 101 Awards Banquet. The Rayton, Missouri native was named the NFC's top defensive player of the year. Seattle's Pete Carroll the conference coach of the year. Houston's J.J. Watt was the AFC's best defensive player and Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians of Indianapolis shared the AFC coaching honor.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was chosen AFC offensive player of the year and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson the NFC's top offensive player in voting for the 101 Awards.
A nationwide panel of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL vote on the awards, which will be handed out for the 43rd time on March 2 in Kansas City.
The winner of the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, given to an individual who exemplifies "visionary leadership," will be announced in February.