The night before Super Bowl LI the Dallas Cowboys were big winners. The NFL Honors Awards were handed out. Head coach Jason Garrett was chosen the NFL Coach of the Year. He garnered 25 votes, New England’s Bill Belichick received 14 votes from the panel. Quarterback Dak Prescott won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. It was basically a two-man race with his teammate running back, Ezekiel Elliott, Prescott won 28½ to 21½. Prescott was joined on stage by Elliott. Prescott said “He deserves it just as much as I do from his yards, his catches. The way we handled things in the backfield is always together.” Prescott started all 16 games this season after Tony Romo was injured in the pre-season against the Seattle Seahawks. Prescott threw 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Completing 67.8 percent of is passes He also rushed for six touchdowns.
Ezekiel Elliott, was the Fed Ex Ground Player of the Year. Elliott ran for 1,631, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He had 15 rushing touchdown and one receiving. In the voting for league MVP Elliott received more votes (6) than Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. The MVP Award went to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year Award went to the Dallas Cowboys, they paved the way for Elliott to lead the league in rushing and were a big part of the Cowboys 13 – 3 season.
Team owner Jerry Jones was elected to The NFL Hall of Fame. He’ll be inducted as a contributor to the game in August along with Danian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Morten Andersen, Kurt Warner and Jason Taylor. As much as I’m not that big a fan of Terrell Owens. I think his numbers mean he should be in the hall. His 153 receiving touchdowns rank third all time, He had 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards 2nd in NFL history.