AWARDS/HISTORY

Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football

Purpose

To honor the life and legacy of Lamar Hunt with a national award that symbolizes the impact he made in the development of professional football and personifies his personal attributes.

Selection

Awarded to an individual or group that has helped shape the National Football League into the preeminent professional sports league in America.

Criteria – 5 Primary Factors for Selection

  • Vision: Ideas and foresight into improving the league as a whole.
  • Humble Leadership: Guiding people and plans with an attitude of respect.
  • Integrity: Conducting life with honesty, credibility and reliability.
  • Fan Dedication: Passion for improving the game day experience for fans.
  • Innovation: Introducing new concepts to advance the game.

Award Recipients

  • 2008 – The Foolish Club – original eight owners of the AFL
  • 2009 – Tony Dungy – retired NFL head coach
  • 2010 – Monday Night Football
  • 2011 – NFL Films
  • 2012 – Roger Staubach – retired star quarterback
  • 2013 – Don Shula – retired NFL head coach
  • 2014 – Len Dawson – retired quarterback and broadcaster, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2015 – Paul Tagliabue – NFL Commissioner from 1989 to 2006
  • 2016 – Super Bowl I
  • 2017 – Al Michaels – broadcaster
  • 2018 – Peyton Manning – retired star quarterback
  • 2019 – Super Bowls III and IV
  • 2020 – Bart Starr – former star quarterback
    • 2021 – No Award Presented
    • 2022 – No Award Presented

    AWARDS/HISTORY

    AFC Coach of the Year

    1969 | Hank Stram | Kansas City Chiefs

    1970 | Paul Brown | Cincinnati Bengals

    1971 | Don Shula | Miami Dolphins

    1972 | Don Shula | Miami Dolphins

    1973 | John Ralston | Denver Broncos

    1974 | Sid Gillman | Houston Oilers

    1975 | Ted Marchibroda | Baltimore Colts

    1976 | Chuck Fairbanks | New England Patriots

    1977 | Red Miller | Denver Broncos

    1978 | Jack Patera | Seattle Seahawks

    1979 | Don Coryell | San Diego Chargers

    1980 | Chuck Knox | Seattle Seahawks

    1981 | Forrest Gregg | Cincinnati Bengals

    1983 | Chuck Knox | Seattle Seahawks

    1984 | Dan Reeves | Denver Broncos

    1985 | Raymond Barry | New England Patriots

    1986 | Marty Schottenheimer | Cleveland Browns

    1987 | Ron Meyer | Indianapolis Colts

    1988 | Marv Levy | Buffalo Bills

    1989 | Dan Reeves | Denver Broncos

    1990 | Art Shell | Los Angeles Raiders

    1991 | Dan Reeves | Denver Broncos

    1992 | Bobby Ross | San Diego Chargers

    1993 | Jack Pardee | Houston Oilers

    1994 | Bill Cowher | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1995 | Marty Schottenheimer | Kansas City Chiefs

    1996 | Mike Shanahan | Denver Broncos

    1997 | Marty Schottenheimer | Kansas City Chiefs

    1998 | Mike Shanahan | Denver Broncos

    1999 | Jim Mora | Indianapolis Colts

    2000 | Jon Gruden | Oakland Raiders

    2001 | Bill Belichick | New England Patriots

    2002 | Jeff Fisher | Tennessee Titans

    2003 | Bill Belichick | New England Patriots

    2004 | Marty Schottenheimer | San Diego Chargers

    2005 | Tony Dungy | Indianapolis Colts

    2006 | Eric Mangini | New York Jets

    2007 | Bill Belichick | New England Patriots

    2008 | Tony Sparano | Miami Dolphins

    2009 | Marvin Lewis | Cincinnati Bengals

    2010 | Todd Haley | Kansas City Chiefs

    2011 | Gary Kubiak | Houston Texans

    2012 | Chuck Pagano/Bruce Arians | Indianapolis Colts

    2013 | Andy Reid | Kansas City Chiefs

    2014 | Bruce Arians | Houston Texans

    2015 | Andy Reid | Kansas City Chiefs

    2016 | Jack Del Rio | Oakland Raiders

    2017 | Doug Marrone | Jacksonville Jaguars

    2018 | Frank Reich | Indianapolis Colts

    2019 | John Harbaugh | Baltimore Ravens

    2020 | Kevin Stefanski | Cleveland Browns

    2021 | Mike Vrabel | Tennessee Titans

    AFC Offensive Player of the Year

    1969 | Daryle Lamonica | Oakland Raiders

    1970 | George Blanda | Oakland Raiders

    1971 | Bob Griese | Miami Dolphins

    1972 | O.J. Simpson | Buffalo Bills

    1973 | O.J. Simpson | Buffalo Bills

    1974 | Ken Stabler | Oakland Raiders

    1975 | O.J. Simpson | Buffalo Bills

    1976 | Bert Jones | Baltimore Colts

    1977 | Bob Griese | Miami Dolphins

    1978 | Earl Campbell | Houston Oilers

    1979 | Dan Fouts | San Diego Chargers

    1980 | Brian Sipe | Cleveland Browns

    1981 | Ken Anderson | Cincinnati Bengals

    1983 | Dan Marino | Miami Dolphins

    1984 | Dan Marino | Miami Dolphins

    1985 | Marcus Allen | Oakland Raiders

    1986 | Dan Marino | Miami Dolphins

    1987 | John Elway | Denver Broncos

    1988 | Boomer Esiason | Cincinnati Bengals

    1989 | Christian Okoye | Kansas City Chiefs

    1990 | Warren Moon | Houston Oilers

    1991 | Thurman Thomas | Buffalo Bills

    1992 | Barry Foster | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1993 | John Elway | Denver Broncos

    1994 | Dan Marino | Miami Dolphins

    1995 | Jim Harbaugh | Indianpolis Colts

    1996 | John Elway | Denver Broncos

    1997 | Terrell Davis | Denver Broncos

    1998 | Terrell Davis | Denver Broncos

    1999 | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts

    2000 | Rich Gannon | Oakland Raiders

    2001 | Kordell Stewart | Pittsburgh Steelers

    2002 | Rich Gannon | Oakland Raiders

    2003 | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts

    2004 | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts

    2005 | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts

    2006 | LaDainian Tomlinson | San Diego Chargers

    2007 | Tom Brady | New England Patriots

    2008 | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts

    2009 | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts

    2010 | Tom Brady | New England Patriots

    2011 | Tom Brady | New England Patriots

    2012 | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos

    2013 | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos

    2014 | Antonio Brown & Le’Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers

    2015 | Tom Brady | New England Patriots

    2016 | Tom Brady | New England Patriots

    2017 | Antonio Brown | Pittsburgh Steelers

    2018 | Patrick Mahomes | Kansas City Chiefs

    2019 | Lamar Jackson | Baltimore Ravens

    2020 | Derrick Henry | Tennessee Titans

    2021 | Jonathan Taylor | Indianapolis Colts

    AFC Defensive Player of the Year

    1969 | Bobby Bell | Kansas City Chiefs

    1970 | Mike Curtis | Baltimore Colts

    1971 | Willie Lanier | Kansas City Chiefs

    1972 | Joe Greene | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1973 | Dick Anderson | Miami Dolphins

    1974 | Joe Greene | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1975 | Mel Blount | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1976 | Jack Lambert | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1977 | Lyle Alzado | Denver Broncos

    1978 | Randy Gradishar | Denver Broncos

    1979 | Mike Reinfeldt | Houston Oilers

    1980 | Lester Hayes | Oakland Raiders

    1981 | Joe Klecko | New York Jets

    1983 | Doug Betters | Miami Dolphins

    1984 | Kenny Easley | Seattle Seahawks

    1985 | Andre Tippett | New England Patriots

    1986 | Deron Cherry | Kansas City Chiefs

    1987 | Bruce Smith | Buffalo Bills

    1988 | Cornelius Bennett | Buffalo Bills

    1989 | Michael Dean Perry | Cleveland Browns

    1990 | Bruce Smith | Buffalo Bills

    1991 | Derrick Thomas | Kansas City Chiefs

    1992 | Cortez Kennedy | Seattle Seahawks

    1993 | Rod Woodson | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1994 | Greg Lloyd | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1995 | Bryce Paup | Buffalo Bills

    1996 | Bruce Smith | Buffalo Bills

    1997 | Carnell Lake | Pittsburgh Steelers

    1998 | Junior Seau | San Diego Chargers

    1999 | Jevon Kearse | Tennessee Titans

    2000 | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens

    2001 | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens

    2002 | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins

    2003 | Ray Lewis | Baltimore Ravens

    2004 | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens

    2005 | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts

    2006 | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins

    2007 | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts

    2008 | James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers

    2009 | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets

    2010 | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers

    2011 | Terrell Suggs | Baltimore Ravens

    2012 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans

    2013 | Robert Mathis | Indianapolis Colts

    2014 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans

    2015 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans

    2016 | Khalil Mack | Oakland Raiders

    2017 | Calais Campbell | Jacksonville Jaguars

    2018 | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans

    2019 | Stephon Gilmore | New England Patriots

    2020 | T.J. Watt | Pittsburgh Steelers

    2021 | T.J. Watt | Pittsburgh Steelers

    NFC Coach of the Year

    1969 | Bud Grant | Minnesota Vikings

    1970 | Dick Nolan | San Francisco 49ers

    1971 | George Allen | Washington Redskins

    1972 | Dan Devine | Green Bay Packers

    1973 | Chuck Knox | Los Angeles Rams

    1974 | Don Coryell | St. Louis Cardinals

    1975 | Tom Landry | Dallas Cowboys

    1976 | George Allen | Washington Redskins

    1977 | Leeman Bennett | Atlanta Falcons

    1978 | Dick Vermeil | Philadelphia Eagles

    1979 | Dick Vermeil | Philadelphia Eagles

    1980 | Leeman Bennett | Atlanta Falcons

    1981 | Bill Walsh | San Francisco 49ers

    1983 | Joe Gibbs | Washington Redskins

    1984 | Bill Walsh | San Francisco 49ers

    1985 | Mike Ditka | Chicago Bears

    1986 | Bill Parcells | New York Giants

    1987 | Jim Mora | New Orleans Saints

    1988 | Mike Ditka | Chicago Bears

    1989 | Lindy Infante | Green Bay Packers

    1990 | George Siefert | San Francisco 49ers

    1991 | Wayne Fontes | Detroit Lions

    1992 | Mike Holmgren | Green Bay Packers

    1993 | Dan Reeves | New York Giants

    1994 | Dave Wannstedt | Chicago Bears

    1995 | Ray Rhodes | Philadelphia Eagles

    1996 | Dom Capers | Carolina Panthers

    1997 | Jim Fassel | New York Giants

    1998 | Dan Reeves | Atlanta Falcons

    1999 | Dick Vermeil | St. Louis Rams

    2000 | Jim Haslett | New Orleans Saints

    2001 | Dick Jauron | Chicago Bears

    2002 | Andy Reid | Philadelphia Eagles

    2003 | Bill Parcells | Dallas Cowboys

    2004 | Jim Mora Jr. | Atlanta Falcons

    2005 | Lovie Smith | Chicago Bears

    2006 | Sean Payton | New Orleans Saints

    2007 | Mike McCarthy | Green Bay Packers

    2008 | Mike Smith | Atlanta Falcons

    2009 | Sean Payton | New Orleans Saints

    2010 | Mike Smith | Atlanta Falcons

    2011 | Jim Harbaugh | San Francisco 49ers

    2012 | Pete Carroll | Seattle Seahawks

    2013 | Ron Rivera | Carolina Panthers

    2014 | Bruce Arians | Arizona Cardinals

    2015 | Ron Rivera | Carolina Panthers

    2016 | Jason Garrett | Dallas Cowboys

    2017 | Sean McVay | Los Angeles Rams

    2018 | Matt Nagy | Chicago Bears

    2019 | Kyle Shanahan | San Francisco 49ers

    2020 | Ron Rivera | Washington Football Team

    2021 | Matt LaFleur | Green Bay Packers

    NFC Offensive Player of the Year

    1969 | Roman Gabriel | Los Angeles Rams

    1970 | John Brodie | San Francisco 49ers

    1971 | Roger Staubach | Dallas Cowboys

    1972 | Larry Brown | Washington Redskins

    1973 | John Hadl | Los Angeles Rams

    1974 | Chuck Foreman | Minnesota Vikings

    1975 | Fran Tarkenton | Minnesota Vikings

    1976 | Walter Payton | Chicago Bears

    1977 | Walter Payton | Chicago Bears

    1978 | Roger Staubach | Dallas Cowboys

    1979 | Ottis Anderson | St. Louis Cardinals

    1980 | Steve Bartkowski | Atlanta Falcons

    1981 | Tony Dorsett | Dallas Cowboys

    1983 | Joe Theismann | Washington Redskins

    1984 | Eric Dickerson | Los Angeles Rams

    1985 | Walter Payton | Chicago Bears

    1986 | Jerry Rice | San Francisco 49ers

    1987 | Jerry Rice | San Francisco 49ers

    1988 | Roger Craig | San Francisco 49ers

    1989 | Joe Montana | San Francisco 49ers

    1990 | Randall Cunningham | Philadelphia Eagles

    1991 | Barry Sanders | Detroit Lions

    1992 | Steve Young | San Francisco 49ers

    1993 | Emmitt Smith | Dallas Cowboys

    1994 | Steve Young | San Francisco 49ers

    1995 | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers

    1996 | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers

    1997 | Barry Sanders | Detroit Lions

    1998 | Randall Cunningham | Minnesota Vikings

    1999 | Kurt Warner | St. Louis Rams

    2000 | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams

    2001 | Kurt Warner | St. Louis Rams

    2002 | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers

    2003 | Ahman Green | Green Bay Packers

    2004 | Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles

    2005 | Shaun Alexander | Seattle Seahawks

    2006 | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints

    2007 | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers

    2008 | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints

    2009 | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints

    2010 | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles

    2011 | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers

    2012 | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings

    2013 | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles

    2014 | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers

    2015 | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers

    2016 | Ezekiel Elliott | Dallas Cowboys

    2017 | Todd Gurley | Los Angeles Rams

    2018 | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints

    2019 | Michael Thomas | New Orleans Saints

    2020 | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers

    2021 | Cooper Kupp | Los Angeles Rams

    NFC Defensive Player of the Year

    1969 | Carl Eller | Minnesota Vikings

    1970 | Alan Page | Minnesota Vikings

    1971 | Alan Page | Minnesota Vikings

    1972 | Chris Hanburger | Washington Redskins

    1973 | Lee Roy Jordan | Dallas Cowboys

    1974 | Alan Page | Minnesota Vikings

    1975 | Jack Youngblood | Los Angeles Rams

    1976 | Jack Youngblood | Los Angeles Rams

    1977 | Harvey Martin | Dallas Cowboys

    1978 | Randy White | Dallas Cowboys

    1979 | Lee Roy Selmon | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    1980 | Nolan Cromwell | Los Angeles Rams

    1981 | Fred Dean | San Francisco 49ers

    1983 | Dave Butz | Washington Redskins

    1984 | Lawrence Taylor | New York Giants

    1985 | Mike Singletary | Chicago Bears

    1986 | Lawrence Taylor | New York Giants

    1987 | Reggie White | Philadelphia Eagles

    1988 | Mike Singletary | Chicago Bears

    1989 | Keith Millard | Minnesota Vikings

    1990 | Charles Haley | San Francisco 49ers

    1991 | Pat Swilling | New Orleans Saints

    1992 | Wilber Marshall | Washington Redskins

    1993 | Deion Sanders | Atlanta Falcons

    1994 | Deion Sanders | San Francisco 49ers

    1995 | Reggie White | Green Bay Packers

    1996 | Kevin Greene | Carolina Panthers

    1997 | Dana Stubblefield | San Francisco 49ers

    1998 | Reggie White | Green Bay Packers

    1999 | Warren Sapp | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    2000 | La’Roi Glover | New Orleans Saints

    2001 | Michael Strahan | New York Giants

    2002 | Derrick Brooks | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    2003 | Michael Strahan | New York Giants

    2004 | Julius Peppers | Carolina Panthers

    2005 | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears

    2006 | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears

    2007 | Patrick Kerney | Seattle Seahawks

    2008 | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys

    2009 | Charles Woodson | Green Bay Packers

    2010 | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers

    2011 | Jared Allen | Minnesota Vikings

    2012 | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers

    2013 | Luke Kuechly | Carolina Panthers

    2014 | Richard Sherman | Seattle Seahawks

    2015 | Aaron Donald | St.Louis Rams

    2016 | Landon Collins | New York Giants

    2017 | Aaron Donald | Los Angeles Rams

    2018 | Aaron Donald | Los Angeles Rams

    2019 | Chandler Jones | Arizona Cardinals

    2020 | Aaron Donald | Los Angeles Rams

    2021 | Micah Parsons | Dallas Cowboys