One of Kansas City’s own will be honored at this year’s 101 Banquet.
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith, who played in high school at Raytown before moving on to play in college at Missouri, will be honored as the NFL defensive player of the year. This year’s banquet is March 2 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel.
Smith led the NFC in sacks with 19½ for the 49ers, who will play against the Falcons in Sunday’s conference championship game.
This season’s other award winners:
• Denver quarterback Peyton Manning as the AFC offensive player of the year. This is the seventh time Manning has won a 101 award, giving him the record. Manning was the AFC’s top-rated passer and led the conference in touchdown passes with 37 for the 13-3 Broncos, who won the AFC West championship.
• Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson as the NFC offensive player of the year. Peterson led the NFL with 2,097 yards, just eight away from the NFL’s single-season record.
• Houston defensive end J.J. Watt as AFC defensive player of the year. Watt led the NFL with 20½ sacks.
• Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians as AFC coaches of the year. The Colts won 11 games and earned a wild-card playoff berth just one season after having the NFL’s worst record. Pagano coached the Colts until October 1, when he began treatment for leukemia. Arians took over at interim coach until Pagano returned in time for the season’s final regular season game.
• Seattle’s Pete Carroll as the NFC coach of the year. Carroll guided the Seahawks to 11 wins, third most in franchise history, and a wild-card playoff berth.