Tom Brady will almost certainly be your 2017 NFL MVP. The rest of the league’s year-end awards? They won’t be settled until the NFL Honors show, 24 hours before Brady plays in his eighth Super Bowl. The NFL Honors take place at the Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota at 5 p.m. local time, but will be broadcast on tape delay on NBC (live stream at NBC Sports) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday.
Important distinctions like the league’s top rookies, defenders, offensive threats, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year will all be handed down on the eve of the Super Bowl.
The event will also unveil the newest class of NFL Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s finalists are Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Edgerrin James, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce, John Lynch, Brian Dawkins, Everson Walls, Ty Law, Tony Boselli, Kevin Mawae, Joe Jacoby, Steve Hutchinson, Alan Faneca, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer, and Bobby Beathard.
The broadcast kicks off at 9 p.m. ET. The awards will be hosted by Rob Riggle, whom viewers may recognize from his role as “not Frank Caliendo” from Fox’s pregame show.
Another option if the NFL is looking for a big Super Bowl halftime show reunion would be to have Timberlake call upon his old bandmates from NSYNC.
People have been discussing the potential for an NSYNC reunion ever since Timberlake was named the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show back in the fall. In November, JC Chasez told US Weekly, “I always keep an open mind,” when talking about the possibility of a Super Bowl halftime NSYNC reunion.
This wouldn’t be new territory for the defunct boyband, as they performed at the 2001 Super Bowl alongside Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige.
Former bandmate Joey Fatone — a Giants fan — also says the gang won’t be getting back together at the Super Bowl.
“I’m here right now,” Fatone told TMZ Sports the weekend before the Super Bowl when they spotted him in Los Angeles. “If I was doing something, I’d be at rehearsals right now … there’s your proof.”