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Ravens’ Matt Birk beats out Bears’ Charles Tillman for NFL Man of the Year award

Updated: March 6, 2012 8:15AM



INDIANAPOLIS — Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award at the inaugural NFL Honors at the Murat Theatre.Bears cornerback

Charles Tillman was a finalist with San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers .

Tillman, whose Cornerstone Foundation benefits chronically and critically ill children in the ­Chicago area, said on the red carpet before the event that he already felt like a winner.

“The foundation is getting all the recognition it needs,” Tillman said. “Whether I win or lose, my foundation wins. I don’t need the award to solidify anything.”

NFL honors

The Associated Press ­announced its annual NFL awards: MVP: Packers quarterback

Aaron Rodgers .Offensive player

: Saints quarterback Drew Brees .Defensive player: Ravens linebacker

Terrell Suggs .Comeback player: Lions quarterback

Matthew Stafford .Coach: 49ers’

Jim Harbaugh .Offensive rookie: Panthers quarterback

Cam Newton .Defensive rookie: Broncos linebacker

Von Miller .

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 consists of Jack Butler , Dermontti Dawson , Chris Doleman , Cortez Kennedy , Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf .

Pats make roster moves

The Patriots cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood in a move that increases the likelihood veteran ­receiver Chad Ochocinco will be active for the ­Super Bowl on Sunday.

The team also signed defensive end Alex Silvestro from their practice squad.



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