Every year, following the NFL season, the Committee of 101 hosts the nationally renowned 101 Awards, Kansas City's Salute to Professional Football. 101 Award winners are seleced by a national selection committee comprised of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters that cover the NFL on a regular basis.
The 2013 101 Awards Winners were announced on Wednesday.
NFC Offensive Player of the Year – RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
AFC Offensive Player of the Year – QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
NFC Defensive Player of the Year – LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
AFC Defensive Player of the Year – LB Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts
NFC Coach of the Year – Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
AFC Coach of the Year – Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs fans are extremely proud that Kansas City's own head coach Andy Reid has received this presitigious award. Reid led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and an AFC wild-card berth in his first season with Kansas City. He also helped orchestrate one of the league's biggest turnarounds from two wins in 2012 to 11 in 2013. Reid is familiar with the 101's as he was the 101 NFC Coach of the Year in 2002, while with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Proceeds from this year's 101 Awards event will benefit the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation community health and wellness program.
"We are excited to be partnering with both the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs for this amazing event," John Bluford, President and CEO of Truman Medical Centers explained. "We are the recipients of the 101 Awards event in March and we are so thankful for the proceeds that will aid and benefit our community outreach that focuses on diabetes, chronic disease management, hypertension and much more."
Truman Medical Center is a two-hospital, not-for-profit health system, located in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs work closely with TMC, through a number of community programs, all with the goal of improving the health of the Kansas City community.
The 101 Awards, scheduled for March 1, 2014, will be a who's who of the NFL and is a chance for Kansas City to host a national event in our own backyard.
"I think this is a huge event for Kansas City," Joe Freeman, Chairman of the NFL Committee of 101, noted. "The event is known throughout the NFL and is held in high regard. This is one of the best events in the NFL and it's in its 44th year. It brings the best of the NFL to Kansas City."
The event began in 1969 to honor the outstanding achievements in professional football and is the nation's longest running awards show solely dedicated to professional football.
"Congratulations to Kansas City on this wonderful tradition and thank you for paying tribute to our game and the great individuals that represent us on and off the field," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commented. "The success of this event is a tribute to the Hunt family, the Chiefs organization and the many business and civic leaders of Kansas City."
Congratulations to the 2013 101 Award Winners and we look forward to seeing you in Kansas City in March. To learn more about the 101 Awards click here.