The first award is in for the season and the NFL 101 Awards have named Troy Polamalu as its AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
The 101, headquartered in Kansas City, has issued NFL awards for 41 years.
A national media committee, comprised of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL, selected the winners in each award category in a nationwide vote at the conclusion of the regular season.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was named NFC defensive player of the year.
Other awards went to coaches of the year in the AFC, Kansas City's Todd Haley, and NFC, Atlanta's Mike Smith; and offensive player of the year in the AFC, New England's Tom Brady, and NFC, Philadelphia's Michael Vick.
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