2009 NFL Awards: Peyton Manning Is Your MVP

Wesley Kaminsky@@Wesley_KaminskyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 06:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Most Valuable Player: Peyton Manning

He more than likely would have led the Colts to an undefeated regular season had Jim Caldwell not decided to sit their starters. Manning should win it for the 2nd straight season.

Runners Up: Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Brett Favre

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson

After an impressive rookie season, Chris Johnson didn't miss a beat as he rushed for over 2,000 yards. He was huge in keeping the Titans season alive.

Runners Up: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers

Defensive Player of the Year: Charles Woodson

All season long Woodson was the anchor of an impressive Packers defense and continued to do it all on the defensive side of the ball with nine interceptions and three touchdowns.

Runners Up: Darrell Revis, Elvis Dumervil, Darren Sharper 

Coach of the Year: Marvin Lewis

Lewis did everything to get himself off the hot seat, and led the Bengals to a perfect record in the AFC North. This was an emotional season for the Bengals with the passing of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's wife, Vicky, as well as the tragic death of WR Chris Henry. 

Runners Up: Jim Caldwell, Sean Payton, Norv Turner

Comeback Player of the Year: Carson Palmer

After missing much of last season with an injury, Palmer came back in 2009 healthy and efficient, leading the Bengals to a division title.

Runners Up: Tom Brady, Chad Ochocinco

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Percy Harvin

Harvin had a very impressive rookie season for the Vikings and found chemistry with Brett Favre while scoring eight total touchdowns.

Runners Up: Knowshon Moreno, Michael Oher, Hakeem Nicks, LeSean McCoy

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Brian Cushing 

In his rookie season out of USC, Cushing had over 100 tackles, and four interceptions while making the pro bowl.

Runners Up: Brian Orakpo, Clay Matthews, Jairus Byrd

Most Improved Player: Ray Rice

In his 2nd season out of Rutgers, Rice overtook Willis McGahee for the starting job and rushed for over 1000 yards and had 78 receptions.

Runners Up: Matt Schaub, Vincent Jackson, Cedric Benson, Miles Austin

Biggest Disappointment: Pittsburgh Steelers  

After winning the super bowl, the Steelers figured to come back poised for at least another playoff run. However, after losing five in a row, and losing to the Chiefs, Raiders, and Browns in back-to-back weeks, they couldn't recover enough to make the playoffs.

Runners Up: New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears (Jay Cutler)

Biggest Surprise: Cincinnati Bengals  

After finishing last season 4-11-1, the Bengals came out this year playing different football. Led by their impressive defense, the Bengals won the AFC North. Bengals fans weren't used to seeing the defense better than the offense.

Runners Up: New York Jets, Denver Broncos

Best Free Agent Pick-Up: Brett Favre

After his collapse a season ago with the Jets, Favre came back strong with the Vikings and led them to 12-4 and an NFC North title. He made them instant Super Bowl contenders and showed he can definitely still play.

Worst Free Agent Pick-Up: Albert Haynesworth

In his first season with Redskins after getting his $100 million contract, Haynesworth was not impressive and couldn't stay healthy much of the year. Dan Snyder better hope Haynes is worth it next season.

Runner Up: Terrell Owens


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