Andrew Luck Wins Comeback Player Of The Year; Darius Leonard Wins Defensive Rookie Of The Year

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Andrew Luck Wins Comeback Player Of The Year; Darius Leonard Wins Defensive Rookie Of The Year

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Andrew Luck Wins Comeback Player Of The Year; Darius Leonard Wins Defensive Rookie Of The Year

How much hardware did the Colts take home for the 2018 season from the NFL Honors show on Saturday night?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ best players on each side of the ball are bringing some hardware back to the city of Indianapolis.

On Saturday night in Atlanta, the NFL partnered with the Associated Press to announce end of the season awards at the NFL Honors Show.

And the Colts took home two major awards.

Here’s a rundown of the awards that the Colts won:

Andrew Luck: Comeback Player of the Year

Luck beat out Houston’s J.J. Watt for this honor.

Given the body part that Luck hurt, how long he was away from football and the type of 2018 season that No. 12 produced, you had an extremely deserving candidate.

After nearly 20 months away from participating fully in an NFL practice, Luck returned at the start of Training Camp in 2018.

Luck took occasional rest days during August, but that ended once the regular season arrived.

The quarterback didn’t miss one practice or any games in 2018, as the Colts improved by 6 wins in having Luck back under center.

In 2018, Luck threw for a career-high in completion percentage and passer rating.

Luck’s 2018 Stats (yearly ranks for his career)

-430 completions (career-high)

-639 attempts (career-high)

-67.3 completion percentage (career-high)

-98.7 quarterback rating (career-high

-4,593 passing yards (2nd)

-39 touchdowns (2nd)

-2.3 INT percentage (2nd)

-7.2 yards per attempt (3rd)


 

Darius Leonard: Defensive Rookie of the Year

Even the late-season hype surrounding Chargers safety Derwin James, Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb and Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, couldn’t overtake the incredible season from The Maniac.

Leonard, the All-Pro linebacker in 2018, led the NFL in tackles with 163. But his impact on the game extended much further than that.

The South Carolina State product had 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

Since the league officially began tracking sacks as a stat in 1982, no NFL player has ever had a season with at least 160 tackles, 7 sacks and 2 interceptions.

Despite an inexcusable Pro Bowl snub, Leonard took home the honor that he set out to achieve following the end of his collegiate career.

While Leonard was garnering some Defensive Player of the Year consideration in 2018, Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald deservedly captured that honor.


 

In other awards that the Colts were thought to be in consideration for, Matt Nagy (Bears) took home Coach of the Year and Saquon Barkley (Giants) won Offensive Rookie of the Year.

 

Remember, Chris Ballard won Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association, which the NFL recognizes as an end of the season award.


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