Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown were jointly named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year from the Committee of 101, a Kansas City-based award in its 45th year of existence.
According to the Kansas City Star's write-up, it's the first time teammates shared the award.
Bell, the Steelers' team MVP, led the AFC in rushing with 1,361 yards and caught 83 passes for 854 yards, giving him an AFC-most 2,215 yards from scrimmage. Brown led the NFL in both receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698) with 13 touchdowns.
Bell's absence was noticeable in the team's 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC wild card playoffs this season, but it doesn't diminish from the record-breaking season Bell had. Brown's 129 catches were the second-most in NFL history, and he broke the team's receiving yards record for the second consecutive year. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Year. Houston's J.J. Watt is the AFC Defensive Player of the Year and Seattle's Richard Sherman is the NFC Defensive Player of the Year.