Lewis, Urlacher, Moss among Hall Class of '18...Brady takes MVP honors
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have eight new members this summer.
Hard-hitting linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher have made the Hall on their first try, as did wide receiver Randy Moss. Receiver Terrell Owens and safety Brian Dawkins were also selected by the 47 Hall of Fame voters.
Rounding out the Class of 2018 are contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.
The NFL also handed out its Associated Press awards.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received the MVP Award after leading his team to the Super Bowl for the eighth time. The 40-year-old Brady had one of his best seasons with 32 touchdown passes, eight interceptions and a passer rating of 102.8
Rams running back Todd Gurley ran for 13 touchdowns and caught six TD passes to earn the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award. Gurley finished with 1,305 yards rushing.
The Rams' Aaron Donald is the first pure defensive tackle to win the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award since 1999. Donald led all players at his position with 11 sacks and had 58 pressures while usually being double-teamed.
Sean McVay is the AP Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season with the team. Los Angeles made a seven-game improvement and captured its first division title since 2003.
The Saints' Alvin Kamara has won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award after rushing for 728 yards with a 6.1-yard average. He scored five rushing touchdowns and also caught 81 passes for 826 yards and five TDs.
Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore is the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Ohio State product had five interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 13 games.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen returned from two devastating injuries to win the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Allen missed half of the 2015 season with a kidney issue, then was lost in the 2016 season opener with a torn right ACL.
Shurmur has won the Assistant Coach of the Year award for his work with the Vikings. Shurmer has since been hired as head coach of the Giants.