Friday, December 20, 2013
The Associated Press
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"All the competition for this award is extremely good," said Griffin, who rushed for 815 yards, and threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. "It seems like the league's in good hands with the young quarterbacks."
• Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, chosen as Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Kuechly, a first-round pick from Boston College, led the league with 164 tackles. He began the season on the outside but moved to middle linebacker five games into the season, and Carolina went from 24th in the league in overall defense to 10th.
He earned 28 votes, easily outdistancing Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner (11). Green Bay cornerback Casey Hayward got six votes, while St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins got three. Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David got the other two votes.
49ERS: Cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then start volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.
Culliver is scheduled to begin working with "The Trevor Project," an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, according to his public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.
"It's just an opportunity for him to learn about his comments and educate himself about the LGBT community, and grow," Palmer said. "It's the first step in learning about his words."
During Tuesday's Super Bowl media day, the second-year defender responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn't welcome a gay player in the locker room. He also said the 49ers didn't have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave. He later apologized, facing a large group of media members for nearly an hour Thursday.