For the second year in a row, the NFL will host its Honors award show Saturday night prior to the Super Bowl, where the league's major awards -- including the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award -- will be unveiled.
Alec Baldwin will serve as host for the event, which will take place in the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans for a second straight year. The show will be televised on CBS and runs from 9-11 p.m. ET.
Along with the MVP, other AP awards that will be handed out include the Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. Additional honors include the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, the NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year, and the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson might be in for a big haul on the awards front. He is widely considered one of the front runners for both the MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards. Peterson missed the end of the 2011 season with a torn ACL and MCL and came back with a fury in 2012. Few can say they expected him to have the year he did, as he finished with 2,097 rushing yards, just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105 yards set in 1984.
Peterson has competition on the Comeback Player of the Year front. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went from many individuals questioning whether he had anything left in his tank to leading the Broncos to the playoffs, setting franchise records for completions, yards and touchdowns in his first year with the Broncos.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt might find himself accepting the Defensive Player of the Year Award after he fell 2.5 sacks short of the NFL record in a season. Watt had an explosive second season in the league, finishing with 20.5 sacks and 69 tackles. He'll face competition from San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith, who racked up 19.5 sacks and 49 tackles while being the corner for one of the NFL's best defenses.
The Offensive Rookie of the Year might be the most wide open race of them all, with three rookie quarterbacks making season long contributions to bring their teams to the playoffs. Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson each had stellar years and gave their respective fan bases some breathing room for years to come. Although Luck set the rookie passing record for yards thrown (4,374), Griffin threw the least amount of interceptions (five), while Wilson had the highest total number of touchdowns (30).
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is one of the front-runners for the Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the league in tackles with 164, becoming the first rookie to lead the league in tackles since Patrick Willis accomplished the feat in 2007.