Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has been invited back to the town he started his career in, even if it’s just for one night. Allen will honored at the NFL 101 Awards as the NFC Defensive Player of the Year, earning him an invite to the gala in Kansas City in March.
In his fourth year with the Minnesota Vikings since being traded by the Chiefs, Allen turned in his best season as a pro. He finished just a half sack short of Michael Strahan’s sack record of 22.5.
Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston also received invitations for being voted the the Chiefs MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Last year Todd Haley was honored at the 101 Awards gala as the AFC Coach of the Yeard, while Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry took home the team awards.
In addition to Allen, the others being honored are Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as the Offensive Players of the Year, Jim Harbaugh and Gary Kubiak as the Head Coaches of the Year and Terrell Suggs as AFC Defensive Player of the Year. Suggs was able to use his AFC-leading 14 sacks to beat out Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson for the award.
The Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football will also be handed out, though the winner has yet to be named. The past three winners of the award named after the Chiefs founder were NFL Films, Monday Night Football and Tony Dungy.
The 42nd annual gala will be co-hosted by former Chiefs QB Rich Gannon on March, 3 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. You can get info on tickets here.