That’s a Wrap – The 50th Anniversary of the 101 Awards!

March 9, 2020

On February, 29, 2020, the 101 Awards celebrated its golden anniversary with the presentation of the 50th Annual Salute to Professional Football. Six recipients were recognized as the NFL’s top performers and were presented with their respective trophy by a former 101 Award legend. Each full season since the AFL-NFL merger, the 101 Awards have honored the top players and coaches of the year, making it the nation’s longest-running awards event dedicated exclusively to the National Football League. In its 50-year history, the 101 has recognized many of the greatest players and coaches ever to take the field, and this year’s class adds to the impressive list of award winners.

The top achievements of the 2019 regular season, as selected by a committee comprised of 101 members of the national media, included: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens, as AFC Offensive Player of the Year; Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints, as NFC Offensive Player of the Year; Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots, as AFC Defensive Player of the Year; Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals, as NFC Defensive Player of the Year; John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens as AFC Coach of the Year; and Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers, as NFC Coach of the Year.

The event is presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union and will be televised at a later date on NFL Network. And for the fifth consecutive year, the beneficiary of the 101 Awards was The University of Kansas Health System’s Sports Medicine & Performance Center, which strives to prevent injury and improve the health and wellness of student-athletes throughout the region. The University of Kansas Health System is a not-for-profit organization and receives no state or local funding, relying instead on philanthropy and sound fiscal management.