2012 NFL Awards TV Schedule: Jim Harbaugh, Aldon Smith Among 49ers Up For Awards On NBC

The NFL is taking another step in its attempts to completely and totally dominate television ratings as they are putting on a television program to present their annual awards. Later tonight, they will be putting on a show called "NFL Honors" on NBC. The show will air from 9-11pm ET/PT after being taped from 3-5pm PT.

The NFL will hand out awards in an awards show format for the first time, and there will be a host of 49ers in the running for awards. Jim Harbaugh is the most sure-fire lock to win an award. He is a candidate for NFL Coach of the Year, and if he doesn't win, I don't really know what to say. Marvin Lewis and Gary Kubiak could also end up in the running, but can anybody justify not going with the guy who's team went 13-3 in his rookie year coming out of the lockout? I think it should be unanimous, so I am curious to see how many first place votes Coach Harbaugh ends up taking home.

Aldon Smith is in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year, with guys like Von Miller, Ryan Kerrigan and JJ Watt all strong nominees as well. Miller seems to be the favorite, although I would imagine Aldon will get his share of first place votes. I am curious if Miler gets any juice from Tebowmania. Aside from just playing with Tebow, the counter-argument from some to the Tebow effect is that the Broncos defense deserved as much credit as anybody for their turnaround. Those folks might look at Miller as a key part of that.

Defensive end Justin Smith is a potential candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. He did not put up monster numbers like a Jared Allen (NFL leader with 22 sacks), which will hurt his candidacy for voters that don't bother to pay attention to what he did on such a regular basis for the 49ers. Smith "only" had 7 1/2 sacks and it would be pretty surprising if voters are not sufficiently "dazzled" by Allen's big sack totals. It's a shame, but a fact of life.

Alex Smith could potentially grab the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Barrows thinks Matthew Stafford will pull it out giving his shoulder injuries. Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders and Steve Young will be presenting this award. Both Alex Smith and Matthew Stafford are expected to be in attendance for the event. Head after the jump to view all the awards up for grabs, as well as the players expected to attend.

AP Most Valuable Player

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

AP Coach of the Year

AP Comeback Player of the Year

AP Offensive Player of the Year

AP Defensive Player of the Year

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year

Pepsi Rookie of the Year

GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year

NFL .com Fantasy Player of the Year

Play of the Year

Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award

Salute To Service Award

Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award

PLAYERS, COACHES, OWNERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR INCLUDE:

ERIC BERRY, Kansas City Chiefs

LeGARRETTE BLOUNT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NaVORRO BOWMAN, San Francisco 49ers

DREW BREES, New Orleans Saints

ANTONIO BROWN, Pittsburgh Steelers

RANDALL COBB, Green Bay Packers

JOSH CRIBBS, Cleveland Browns

ANDY DALTON, Cincinnati Bengals

VERNON DAVIS, San Francisco 49ers

D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON, New York Jets

LARRY FITZGERALD, Arizona Cardinals

RYAN FITZPATRICK, Buffalo Bills

MATT FORTE, Chicago Bears

ARIAN FOSTER, Houston Texans

ANTONIO GATES, San Diego Chargers

TONY GONZALEZ, Atlanta Falcons

A.J. GREEN, Cincinnati Bengals

MATT HASSELBECK, Tennessee Titans

DEVIN HESTER, Chicago Bears

DeSEAN JACKSON, Philadelphia Eagles

D'QWELL JACKSON, Cleveland Browns

STEVEN JACKSON, St. Louis Rams

STEVIE JOHNSON, Buffalo Bills

MAURICE JONES-DREW, Jacksonville Jaguars

RYAN KERRIGAN, Washington Redskins

RAY LEWIS, Baltimore Ravens

CHRIS LONG, St. Louis Rams

MARSHAWN LYNCH, Seattle Seahawks

PEYTON MANNING, Indianapolis Colts

BRANDON MARSHALL, Miami Dolphins

LeSEAN McCOY, Philadelphia Eagles

VON MILLER, Denver Broncos

DeMARCO MURRAY, Dallas Cowboys

CAM NEWTON, Carolina Panthers

PATRICK PETERSON, Arizona Cardinals

CHRISTIAN PONDER, Minnesota Vikings

RAY RICE, Baltimore Ravens

AARON RODGERS, Green Bay Packers

JEFF SATURDAY, Indianapolis Colts

JEROME SIMPSON, Cincinnati Bengals

ALDON SMITH, San Francisco 49ers

ALEX SMITH, San Francisco 49ers

MATTHEW STAFFORD, Detroit Lions

TERRELL SUGGS, Baltimore Ravens

TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos

DeMARCUS WARE, Dallas Cowboys

REGGIE WAYNE, Indianapolis Colts

PATRICK WILLIS, San Francisco 49ers

JASON WITTEN, Dallas Cowboys

CONNIE, JARRETT & BRITTNEY PAYTON

BUD ADAMS

TROY AIKMAN

BRIAN BILLICK

BOOMER ESIASON

MARSHALL FAULK

MICHAEL IRVIN

JIM KELLY

ARCHIE MANNING

STEVE MARIUCCI

GEORGE MARTIN

MIKE MAYOCK

JOE MONTANA

ANTHONY MUNOZ

SEAN PAYTON

ANDRE REED

JERRY RICE

REX RYAN

BARRY SANDERS

DEION SANDERS

WARREN SAPP

SHANNON SHARPE

DON SHULA

PHIL SIMMS

KURT WARNER

STEVE YOUNG


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