Saturday night, prior to the Super Bowl the NFL world converges on Minneapolis Minnesota for the NFL Honors. Along with awards, the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced.
Here are the 15 Modern era Hall of Fame finalists and 18 total finalists from which the committees will be choosing:
Tony Boselli, Tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
Brian Dawkins, Safety – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos
Alan Faneca, Guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
Steve Hutchinson, Guard – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans
Joe Jacoby, Tackle – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Edgerrin James, Running Back – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks
Ty Law, Cornerback – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos
Ray Lewis, Linebacker – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens
John Lynch, Free Safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Kevin Mawae, Center – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans
Randy Moss, Wide Receiver – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers
Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals
Brian Urlacher, Linebacker – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears
Everson Walls, Cornerback – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
Robert Brazile, Linebacker – 1975-1984 Houston Oilers
Jerry Kramer, Guard – 1958-1968 Green Bay Packers
Bobby Beathard, General Manager/Personnel Administrator – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
Event: 7th Annual NFL Honors
Date: February 3, 2018
Time: 9pm PT/ET on tape delay (6pm show, which means unless you stay away from twitter, everyone will know the results well ahead of time.)
Where: Northrop at the University of Minnesota, Minn.
Streaming: NBC Sports
Award categories, nominees:
Most Valuable Player: Tom Brady is considered the front-runner going in, although players like Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown could also make a strong case.
Offensive Player of the Year: Gurley and Brown are the major favorites along with Le’Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt.
Defensive Player of the Year: Calais Campbell, Aaron Donald, Demarcus Lawrence, Cameron Jordan, and Jalen Ramsey are top contenders.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Alvin Kamara is the front-runner, but Hunt, the league’s leading rusher, will get some votes of his own.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: The Saints’ rookie corner Marshon Lattimore is the favorite.
Coach of the Year: Rams’ Sean McVay has this one locked up.
Comeback Player of the Year: Look for Keenan Allen and Rob Gronkowski to get strong consideration this year.
Walter Payton Man of the Year: J.J. Watt is the favorite for his work in Hurricane disaster relief in Houston. Other finalists are Panthers TE Greg Olsen and Ravens TE Benjamin Watson.
FedEx Air (best quarterback) Player of the Year: Alex Smith, Carson Wentz, Tom Brady,
FedEx Ground (best running back) Players of the Year: Kareem Hunt, Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley.
Offensive Line of the Year: Rams, Saints, Eagles, Steelers, Titans
Salute to Service Award: Falcons WR Andre Roberts, Panthers HC Ron Rivera and former Titans HC Mike Mularkey
Clutch Performer of the Year: Carson Wentz (4 TD’s vs Washington), Mark Ingram (3 TD’s vs Bills), Drew Brees (385 yards, 2 TD’s vs Washington), Antonio Brown (169 yards, 2 TD’s vs Packers), Stefon Diggs (137 yards, 1 TD vs Saints).
Art Rooney Award: Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.
Play of the Year
Game Changer Award
Greatness on the Road Award
Deacon Jones Award
Touchdown Celebration of the Year