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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera named Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Owner Jerry Richardson's patience pays off.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Favre now awaits his gold jacket.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

New Hall of Famer Tony Dungy.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison as Hall of Famers: "It's a great day for the horseshoe."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills guard Richie Incognito, who was out of football during the 2014 season and returned this season to earn a Pro Bowl berth, did not receive any votes for the Associated Press' comeback player of the year award.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers president Mark Murphy on Brett Favre's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: "The Green Bay Packers organization and all our fans congratulate Brett on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brett was a one-of-a-kind player with an approach to the game that endeared him not only to Packers fans, but also to millions of football fans across the world. He's one of the game's all-time greats and this honor is well deserved. We look forward to his enshrinement ceremony in August."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Hall Of Fame member Kevin Greene had 41.5 of his career 160 sacks during his three seasons with the Panthers (1996, '98, '99).

Jeff Legwold @Jeff_Legwold

The five guys who made cut to 10, but didn't make it this yr also would have made quality HOF class-- Coryell, Davis, Jacoby, Lynch, Warner.

Favre leads class for Pro Football HOF

QB Brett Favre, WR Marvin Harrison, OT Orlando Pace, LB Kevin Greene and coach Tony Dungy were elected among the modern-day candidates. QB Ken Stabler and OL Dick Stanfel were elected from the senior committee, and ex-49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo was elected as a contributor.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees was selected as the Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year for his 7-TD performance that topped Eli Manning's 6 TDs in New Orleans' 52-49 win over the Giants.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans defensive end JJ Watt received 37 of 50 votes for defensive player of the year. He is one of two players to have won the award three times. Los Angeles Rams tackle Aaron Donald got seven votes, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly got four votes and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman got 2 votes.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions will have a presence in Canton this year as former guard Dick Stanfel has made the Hall of Fame as one of the senior candidates. Stanfel played for the Lions from 1952 to 1955.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"The Chiefs stole the draft last year." - Chiefs DB Marcus Peters, AP defensive rookie of the year

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Very good night for the Colts with Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016: Eddie DeBartolo, Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel.

Jeff Legwold @Jeff_Legwold

#HOF Class of '16...Dungy, Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace (modern era). Stanfel, Stabler (seniors), DeBartolo (contributor).

J.J. Watt wins top defensive player for 3rd time

The Texans DE joins Lawrence Taylor as the only three-time winners of the award. Watt, who led the league with 17 1/2 sacks, got 37 of a possible 50 votes. The Rams' Aaron Donald was second with 7 votes and the Panthers' Luke Kuechly third with 4 votes.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Redskins tackle Joe Jacoby says via text that he did not get into the Hall of Fame. "Not this year," Jacoby texted. He was a finalist for the first time.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs added their second award of the night when Marcus Peters was named defensive rookie of the year. He tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with eight.

Marcus Peters named top defensive rookie

Chiefs CB Marcus Peters, the 18th overall pick in the 2015 draft, earned the award after tying for the NFL lead with 8 interceptions, returning two for TDs. Peters got 45 of a possible 50 votes, with the Bills' Ronald Darby getting 4 votes and the Jets' Leonard Williams earning one.

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Eric Berry: Comeback Player of the Year Played all 16 games this season, a year after playing 6 games after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Eric Berry wins comeback player of the year

The Chiefs safety had 61 tackles and two interceptions in 2015 after missing much of the 2014 season battling lymphoma. Berry earned 38 of a possible 50 votes, well ahead of Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who had 6 votes.

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