Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.
Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award.
PUNTERS REJOICE: Ray Guy's wait is over.
Guy became the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, highlighting a class that included defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey. Two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones, also were selected.
Among the finalists who didn't get in were two with ties to Manning and the Indianapolis Colts — coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.
"Good things are worth waiting for," said Guy, who last played for the Raiders in 1986. "It's just a matter of time when it will show up. And I knew it would, sooner or later. It had to, whether it was me or somebody down the road. But sooner or later, it had to show up, because that is a part of a football game."
SECURITY! The Transportation Security Administration added about two dozen dogs to monitor passengers coming in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport around the Super Bowl.
The TSA has also added 200 screeners at Newark to handle the larger volume of travelers, and TSA agents from LaGuardia Airport will be screening train passengers at New York Penn Station and New Jersey's Secaucus Junction on Sunday.
The TSA said Friday that fans will not be allowed on the rail line that serves MetLife Stadium on Sunday unless they show their tickets to the game and adhere to the NFL's bag policy.
AP Pro Football Writers Howard Fendrich and Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writers Tim Booth, Tom Canavan and Rachel Cohen, and AP National Writer Paul Newberry contributed to this report.
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