This coming directly from the National Football League. We learn that starting on the night before the Super Bowl and to be held annually from the site of the Big Game, the NFL will stage an awards show, handing out the season’s honors to the deserving players. NBC will air the inaugural “NFL Honors” show and that would be natural as NBC is airing Super Bowl XLVI on February 5.
The inaugural “NFL Honors” will be aired on February 4 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Alec Baldwin of NBC’s “30 Rock” and the Capital One ads will host. Various current and former NFL players will be on hand. Lenny Kravitz will perform live as well.
In addition, NFL Network will air a red carpet special an hour prior to NBC’s program. This year’s “NFL Honors” will take place at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis. The Daniel Snyder-owned Dick Clark Productions will co-produce the show in conjunction with NFL Network. The press release.
FIRST-EVER 2-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW ON NBC SALUTES TOP PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2011 SEASON
ALEC BALDWIN Hosts Show From Murat Theatre in Indianapolis with Performance by LENNY KRAVITZ and Appearances by Hall of Famers JERRY RICE, BARRY SANDERS & STEVE YOUNG
The night before the two top teams kick off Super Bowl XLVI, the National Football League will salute its best players and plays from the 2011 season with a star-studded football and entertainment event – “NFL Honors” – a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 4, 9-11 p.m. (ET) on NBC.
Current and former players such as JERRY RICE, BARRY SANDERS, DEION SANDERS, SHANNON SHARPE & STEVE YOUNG will be in attendance as the NFL and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS announce their annual accolades in an awards show format for the first time. “NFL Honors” will become an annual event from the Super Bowl city. The winners will be on hand to accept their awards.
ALEC BALDWIN will host the show from the Murat Theater in Indianapolis. The show will feature a live performance from LENNY KRAVITZ.
Kicking off the night will be a red carpet show on NFL Network from 8 – 9 p.m. (ET) featuring the sights and sounds of Super Bowl week and many of the stars that will be celebrating the best of the NFL later that evening.
Among the awards that will be announced will be the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
Seven of the awards will be from the AP. Those awards, which include AP Most Valuable Player and AP Coach of the Year, are voted on at the end of the regular NFL season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.
The AP is providing the list of honorees to the NFL for the program, and any advertising or sponsorship on the broadcast is being handled separately and independently by the NFL.
The full list of awards that will be presented will be:
AP Most Valuable Player Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year AP Coach of the Year AP Comeback Player of the Year AP Offensive Player of the Year AP Defensive Player of the Year AP Offensive Rookie of the Year AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year Fantastic Finish of the Year Fantasy Player of the Year Play of the Year Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award Salute To Service Award Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award
“NFL Honors” is an NFL Network production in association with Dick Clark Productions.
That’s it for now.