ATLANTA (WBTV) - It is the eve of the Super Bowl and that means the NFL Honors just wrapped up. The event honors the league’s best players, performances and plays for the current season.
Patrick Mahomes was selected as MVP becoming the youngest recipient of the award since Dan Marino in 1984.
“You look at guys like that, like Brady, like Manning, Favre all those guys that come before me and I try to learn from what they did to have so much success,” Mahomes said.
Saquon Barkley was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and former South Carolina State linebacker and current Indianapolis Colt Darius Leonard was selected as Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The Panthers also had one of their own nominated, Julius Peppers, who was in the running for Walter Payton Man of the Year.
"It's a great honor. It's a great event to be a part of. I'm happy to be considered. So many great candidates for this award if I'm able to win that'll be great, but if not I'm enjoying this experience and I'm happy to be here," Peppers said.
The award went to Philadelphia Eagles Chris Long.
"I'm very humbled. It's hard to feel deserving with those guys on the stage and obviously this guy right here on the statue," Long said.
As Peppers said, he was just happy to be there and in the same company as the other nominees.
Peppers charitable efforts won’t end after the NFL Honors. He plans to continue his charity efforts by hosting a Sneaker Ball Charity event in Charlotte at the Harvey B. Gantt Center on Feb. 14.