Punter: Chris Gardocki, Browns. Of his 108 punts, only five went for touchbacks. His gross average of 45.5 yards was third in the league.
Returner: Derrick Mason, Titans. Fearless in handling punts and kickoffs, he also led Tennessee's wideouts in receptions. Some teams pay three salaries for this kind of service.
Cover: Mike Maslowski, Chiefs. He made so many thundering hits that K.C. coaches decided to try him as a full-time linebacker, with great success.
Player of the Year: Faulk. I determine who gets this honor not by saying, "Where would his team be without him?" but by looking at a guy's contribution over the course of a season. No one contributed as much as Faulk.
Coach of the Year: Jim Haslett, Saints. He overcame the loss of his starting quarterback and top runner to lead a once moribund franchise to the NFC West championship.
Rookie of the Year: Brian Urlacher, MLB, Bears. Big, fast, instinctive, he looks like a Pro Bowl fixture for the next decade.