Panthers QB Cam Newton was named the NFL MVP on Saturday at the NFL Honors show.
When he left the game, the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player reigned as the league’s all-time leader in completions, yards and passing touchdowns.
Newton doubled up on awards, becoming the fourth player in eight years to win both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.
Putting himself in even more rarified air, Newton is now the second player to win the Heisman Trophy, college football national championship, and NFL MVP, joining running back Marcus Allen.
And Newton got 48 of 50 votes.
“I knew I was the best defensive player going into last year’s draft”, Peters said. He’s rushed for 636 yards and 10 TDs.
Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly finished in third place for the AP Defensive Player of the Year award that he won in 2013. He also has founded the Eli and Abby Manning Childrens’ Clinics in MS and raised nearly $3 million in a five-year span.
That wasn’t the only award he wound up taking home before the night was out.
The night’s most moving moment came when Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry gave an emotional speech thanking family members and friends after being named the comeback player of the year.
Berry missed 10 games the previous season battling lymphoma, then returned to the Chiefs to become an All-Pro.
Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips won the award with 18 votes.
Anquan Boldin, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, given for having made a significant, positive impact on his community.
“There’s no way that anybody who is involved in professional sports wouldn’t appreciate what he did this year and overcoming what he did and what it took to do that”, Hunt said.