MINNEAPOLIS — Newly hired Giants coach Pat Shurmur was named The Associated Press assistant coach of the year for his work with the Vikings.
Shurmur received the award Saturday night during the annual NFL Honors award ceremony, which also announced Tom Brady as the MVP.
As the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Shurmur led an offense that lost its starting quarterback in Sam Bradford early in the season and transformed Case Keenum into a star.
Keenum threw for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns. The Vikings made dramatic improvements offensively, finishing 11th in total offense (356.9 yards per game) and passing (234.6). The Vikings had the seventh best rushing attack (122.3) in the NFL and 10th best scoring offense (23.9).
Also, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt received the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his charitable efforts during Hurricane Harvey. Watt raised $37 million in relief funds for the city of Houston.
The Los Angeles Rams picked up three awards Saturday night: Sean McVay was named Coach of the Year, defensive tackle Aaron Donald picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors and running back Todd Gurley was the Offensive Player of the Year.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year while a pair of Saints’ rookies received awards as well. Running back Alvin Kamara and cornerback Marshon Lattimore were the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year award winners respectively.