One of my favorite events during the Super Bowl is all of the activities that are planned by the NFL Players’ Association. From the parties to the community events, but one event that stands out most to is the Pulse Awards. This is an event that was created by Emmy Award Winning CBS Sportsman, James Brown to recognize players for their character, their giving, their heart and their leadership on- the- field but mostly off.

This year the list of nominees is no exception to the rule, and you get to vote. Check out the list of the Fan Choice awards nominees below and then log-on to to vote. Plus when you vote you get a chance to win some great NFLPA prizes including two (2) tickets to the PULSE Awards and signed memorabilia. The winners will be announced at the Pulse Awards Gala in Indianapolis, Indiana at Super Bowl XLVI in February. Emerging Player, recognizing a rising star showing performance, character and maturity:

  • Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints)
  • Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
  • Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
  • Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions)

Heart of the Game, honoring a player for determination, enthusiasm and passion for the game:

  • Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
  • London Fletcher (Washington Redskins)
  • Matt Light (New England Patriots)
  • Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jeff Saturday (Indianapolis Colts)

Comeback Player, celebrating a player who has overcome obstacles with exceptional performance:

  • Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers)
  • Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers)
  • Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)

Endurance, rewarding a player for a career distinguished by longevity, durability and consistency:

  • Ronde Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Brian Dawkins (Denver Broncos)
  • Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Hines Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Charles Woodson (Green Bay Packers)

Don’t forget to vote at, and we’ll be sure to bring you pictures, interviews and all of the best that Pulse Awards has to offer.

Your. J.G.F.,

Marcelle English