2003 NFL Awards
COACH OF THE YEAR
New England Patriots
With an opportunistic defense the Patriots won many close games on the way to a NFL best 14-2 record, which is all the more remarkable as the Pats survived a rough stretch of injuries early in the season.
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE of the YEAR
Terence Newman played a vital role in the turnaround of the Dallas Cowboys who made the playoffs after 3 straight 5-11 seasons. Newman showed veteran poise at times with 4 interceptions and 17 passes defended.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER of theYEAR
Easily the most intense player in the NFL Ray Lewis once again had a stellar season anchoring the Ravens defense, as he punished whoever had the ball all year while leading the Ravens to a division title.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE of the YEAR
Playing on a lousy team Anquan Boldin didn’t receive a great deal of national attention but he did receive a Rookie record 101 passes, along with a solid 1,377 yards complete with 8 Touchdowns.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER of the YEAR
Kansas City Chiefs
Priest Holmes played a vital role in the Chiefs 9-0 start and franchise best 13-3 season, as he set a new NFL record for 27 Touchdowns. It should be enough for him to earn his 2nd consecutive offensive player of the year award.
Jamal Lewis may have fell short in his quest for the record, but 2,066 yards is still quite a year as he was s the sole source of offense to the Ravens who won the division with the worst QB stats in the league.