101 Awards Preview

Everything you need to know for 45th annual 101 Awards

What

This weekend, some of the NFL's greatest players, coaches and legends will be recognized and honored at the 45th annual 101 Awards.

Founded in 1969 by a group led by Kansas City businessman Jack O. Wheeler, the NFL 101 Awards has annually recognized outstanding achievement in professional football based on votes by a selection committee of the national media. Many of the greatest players and coaches ever to take the field have accepted NFL 101 Awards, and this year's class is no different in terms of talent.

Take a look at last year's 101 Awards, honoring the best in Pro Football.

Who

For the first time in its 45-year history, the NFL 101 Awards will honor five outstanding players instead of four after voters named Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown—both of the Pittsburgh Steelers—as co-winners of the AFC Offensive Player of the Year award.

They will be joined by outstanding NFL players J.J. Watt and Richard Sherman, along with head coach Bruce Arians, in receiving the year's top honors at the 45th Annual NFL 101 Awards.

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Also in attendance, will be former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He will be receiving the prestigious Lamar Hunt Award this year.

Aaron Rodgers and Bill Belichick will also receive honors, but are unable to attend the event.

Prior to the event, the Chiefs will also announce the Derrick Thomas Award, the Mack Lee Hill Award and the newest member to the Chiefs Hall of Fame.  

When/Where

The black-tie awards gala, presented by Garmin and Burns & McDonnell,* *is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Many guests, sponsors and friends attend the 44th annual 101 awards

Why

This awards show brings the who's who to Kansas City and honors the tradition of recognizing some of the best in the league and celebrates those who have left an incredible legacy.

Proceeds from the NFL 101 Awards event will once again be directed to the Truman Medical Center (TMC) Charitable Foundation. TMC and the Kansas City Chiefs are working together to provide wellness education and promote healthier living for the people of Kansas City. Both organizations play an active and important role in the vitality of the city and share a common desire to improve the health status of the urban core.

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