AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award

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Adrian Peterson won the 2012 award after rushing for 2,097 yards, the second most all time in a single season.

The AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press to the offensive player in the National Football League (NFL) believed to have had the most outstanding season. The winner is chosen by votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters who regularly follow the NFL. Multiple-award winners include Marshall Faulk and Earl Campbell, both of whom won the award three times, each consecutively. Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Tom Brady, Terrell Davis, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning have each won the award twice. The award is currently held by quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, who received it for the 2015 NFL season after passing for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and ten touchdowns.

Nearly every winner of the award has been either a running back or a quarterback, with Rice being the only exception, winning twice as a wide receiver. Running backs have won the award 24 times, followed by quarterbacks, with 18 awards. Winners have often been awarded after record-breaking or near record-breaking offensive seasons. Running back O. J. Simpson won the award for 1973 after rushing for a record 2,003 yards, becoming the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.[1] When his record was broken by Eric Dickerson in 1984, Dickerson placed second in voting behind quarterback Dan Marino, who that year was the first to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.[2] Marino's 5,084 yards stood as the record for 27 years before being broken by Drew Brees in 2011, who won that season's award.[3] In turn, Brees' record was broken by 2013 winner Peyton Manning, who set NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55).[4]

Of the 44 winners, 26 were also named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player in the same season. Since 2011, both awards have been given out at the annual NFL Honors ceremony along with other awards, including the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and AP NFL Rookie of the Year Award.[5]

Winners[edit]

2006 winner LaDanian Tomlinson won the award after setting NFL single-season records for rushing touchdowns (28) and touchdowns from scrimmage (31).
Denotes player who is still active in the NFL
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Season Name Position Team Ref
1972 Brown, LarryLarry Brown Running back Washington Redskins [6]
1973 Simpson, O.J.O.J. Simpson Running back Buffalo Bills [1]
1974 Stabler, KenKen Stabler Quarterback Oakland Raiders [7]
1975 Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton Quarterback Minnesota Vikings [8]
1976 Jones, BertBert Jones Quarterback Baltimore Colts [9]
1977 Payton, WalterWalter Payton Running back Chicago Bears [10]
1978 Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell Running back Houston Oilers [11]
1979 Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell (2) Running back Houston Oilers [12]
1980 Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell (3) Running back Houston Oilers [13]
1981 Anderson, KenKen Anderson Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals [14]
1982 Fouts, DanDan Fouts Quarterback San Diego Chargers [15]
1983 Theismann, JoeJoe Theismann Quarterback Washington Redskins [16]
1984 Marino, DanDan Marino Quarterback Miami Dolphins [2]
1985 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen Running back Los Angeles Raiders [17]
1986 Dickerson, EricEric Dickerson Running back Los Angeles Rams [18]
1987 Rice, JerryJerry Rice Wide receiver San Francisco 49ers [19]
1988 Craig, RogerRoger Craig Running back San Francisco 49ers [20]
1989 Montana, JoeJoe Montana Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [21]
1990 Moon, WarrenWarren Moon Quarterback Houston Oilers [22]
1991 Thomas, ThurmanThurman Thomas Running back Buffalo Bills [23]
1992 Young, SteveSteve Young Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [21]
1993 Rice, JerryJerry Rice (2) Wide receiver San Francisco 49ers [24]
1994 Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders Running back Detroit Lions [25]
1995 Favre, BrettBrett Favre Quarterback Green Bay Packers [26]
1996 Davis, TerrellTerrell Davis Running back Denver Broncos [27]
1997 Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders (2) Running back Detroit Lions [28]
1998 Davis, TerrellTerrell Davis (2) Running back Denver Broncos [29]
1999 Faulk, MarshallMarshall Faulk Running back St. Louis Rams [30]
2000 Faulk, MarshallMarshall Faulk (2) Running back St. Louis Rams [31]
2001 Faulk, MarshallMarshall Faulk (3) Running back St. Louis Rams [32]
2002 Holmes, PriestPriest Holmes Running back Kansas City Chiefs [33]
2003 Lewis, JamalJamal Lewis Running back Baltimore Ravens [34]
2004 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts [35]
2005 Alexander, ShaunShaun Alexander Running back Seattle Seahawks [36]
2006 Tomlinson, LaDainianLaDainian Tomlinson Running back San Diego Chargers [37]
2007 Brady, TomTom Brady Quarterback New England Patriots [38]
2008 Brees, DrewDrew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints [39]
2009 Johnson, ChrisChris Johnson Running back Tennessee Titans [40]
2010 Brady, TomTom Brady (2) Quarterback New England Patriots [41]
2011 Brees, DrewDrew Brees (2) Quarterback New Orleans Saints [3]
2012 Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson Running back Minnesota Vikings [42]
2013 Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning (2) Quarterback Denver Broncos [43]
2014 Murray, DeMarcoDeMarco Murray Running back Dallas Cowboys [44]
2015 Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers [45]

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References[edit]

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Footnotes[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Record-breaking Marino wins top offensive honor". Gadsden Times. Associated Press. December 19, 1984. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Saints' Brees wins AP Offensive Player of the Year award". NFL.com. NFL. February 4, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
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  5. ^ "First-ever 'NFL Honors' show will be hosted by Baldwin in Indy". NFL.com. National Football League. January 3, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Top NFL Offensive Player: Larry Brown Doesn't Like Comparisons With Others". Observer-Reporter. Associated Press. January 5, 1973. p. B-4. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Ken Stabler Named NFL's Offensive Player Of Year". Sarasota Herald Tribune. Associated Press. January 8, 1975. p. 1C. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tarkenton Honored". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. January 13, 1976. p. 2B. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Offensive Award to Bert Jones". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. December 30, 1976. p. 1B. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Chicago's Payton Picked Offensive Player Of Year". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. January 5, 1978. p. C3. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Campbell Wins Offensive Title". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. January 12, 1979. p. 6B. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Campbell Walks With Second Offensive Title". The Virgin Islands Daily News. Associated Press. December 24, 1979. p. 33. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ Olderman, Murray (January 18, 1981). "Earl Campbell: a triple champ". The Nevada Daily Mail. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 10. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Anderson is top offensive player". The Telegraph. Associated Press. January 8, 1982. p. 18. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Fouts Tops On Offense". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. January 7, 1983. p. 18. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ Lowitt, Bruce (December 23, 1983). "Theismann crowned as top offensive player". Daily News. Associated Press. p. 3B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  17. ^ Nadel, John (December 30, 1983). "Allen sweeps offensive honors". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. p. 5. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dickerson earns offensive honor". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. December 30, 1986. p. 10. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Rice is Offensive Player of the year". The Evening News. Associated Press. December 30, 1987. p. 2B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ Wilner, Barry (December 29, 1988). "Craig earns offensive award". The Times-News. Associated Press. p. 20. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "Young named Offensive Player of the Year". The Times-News. Associated Press. January 5, 1993. p. 1B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Moon top offensive player". Bangor Daily News. Associated Press. January 10, 1991. p. 11. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  23. ^ "No more doubting Thomas: Bills' back selected as Offensive Player of Year". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. December 30, 1991. p. B1. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  24. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 6, 1994). "Rice Offensive Player of the Year". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. p. 1B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Sanders are players of the year". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. December 29, 1994. p. 3C. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Favre voted best on offense". The News. Associated Press. December 30, 1995. p. 3C. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Denver running back Davis is Offensive Player of the Year". The Argus-Press. Associated Press. December 27, 1996. p. 10. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  28. ^ Barry, Wilner (December 26, 1997). "Detroit's Sanders named Offensive Player of Year". Daily News. Associated Press. p. 1B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  29. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 6, 1999). "Davis named Offensive Player of the Year". Boca Raton News. Associated Press. p. 4B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Faulk is overwhelming choice for offensive player of the year". The Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. January 13, 2000. p. 1B. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Faulk: Offensive Player of Year". Gadsden Times. January 5, 2001. p. D3. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Marshall Faulk wins Offensive Player of the Year". The Argus-Press. Associated Press. January 18, 2002. p. 11. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  33. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 10, 2003). "Honored Holmes: Chiefs back voted top offensive player". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. p. 5B. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Ravens' Lewis named AP's offensive player of the year". Athens Banner-Herald. Associated Press. January 1, 2004. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Manning claims offensive award". TimesDaily. Associated Press. January 6, 2005. p. 3C. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  36. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 5, 2006). "Alexander named NFL MVP, top offensive player". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Tomlinson picks of offensive MVP award". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. January 6, 2007. p. C6. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Brady adds AP Offensive Player of Year to MVP". NFL.com. Associated Press. January 8, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Brees named AP offensive player of year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Johnson makes fast impression". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 13, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Brady wins AP offensive player of year award". The Denver Post. February 1, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  42. ^ "Adrian Peterson tabbed AP Offensive Player of the Year". NFL.com. NFL. February 2, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  43. ^ "Broncos' Peyton Manning earns Offensive Player of the Year". NFL.com. NFL. February 2, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  44. ^ Brinson, Will (January 31, 2015). "NFL Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray beats Aaron Rodgers". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  45. ^ "Cam Newton named NFL MVP and offensive player of the year". The Guardian. Associated Press. February 6, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.