The NFL Alumni Association has named the finalists for the 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards.  New York Jets third-year tight end Dustin Keller has been named as a finalist.



Keller, although from Indiana, has some family ties in Jasper County. He is the great-grandson of Woodrow and Helen Mulvey and the grandson of Dale Delano Mulvey. His mother is Maureen Mulvey Keller.



Keller graduated from Purdue University in 2008 and was a first round draft pick and was recruited by the New York Jets. He has started in the tight end position each game since drafted in ‘08. Just a bit of history here...Dustin’s grandfather, Delano Mulvey, played football at Purdue University after graduating from Newton Community High School in 1952. Six other Mulvey brothers played football at NCHS: Larry, Mike, Ron, Jack, Bill and Paul.


The NFL Alumni Association has named the finalists for the 2010 NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards.  New York Jets third-year tight end Dustin Keller has been named as a finalist.

Keller, although from Indiana, has some family ties in Jasper County. He is the great-grandson of Woodrow and Helen Mulvey and the grandson of Dale Delano Mulvey. His mother is Maureen Mulvey Keller.

Keller graduated from Purdue University in 2008 and was a first round draft pick and was recruited by the New York Jets. He has started in the tight end position each game since drafted in ‘08. Just a bit of history here...Dustin’s grandfather, Delano Mulvey, played football at Purdue University after graduating from Newton Community High School in 1952. Six other Mulvey brothers played football at NCHS: Larry, Mike, Ron, Jack, Bill and Paul.

Keller is the only Jets player to be selected as a finalist and he shares the selection with Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. Legendary NFL Coach and front office executive, Bill Parcells, chose the finalists.

Keller has emerged as a primary target for quarterback Mark Sanchez this season, according to a press release by Brian Thornton, surpassing his mark of 522 receiving yards last season in Week 12 of the 2010 campaign. Last season, he led the AFC in post-season touchdowns with one in each of the Jets three playoff games, and led all NFL tight ends (and was 7th among all NFL receivers) with 181 receiving yards.

The 2010 awardees will be announced at the 29th annual NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards Show presented by Allstate Insurance, to be held Friday, February 4th, 2011, at Union Station in Dallas, Texas. During the awards ceremony, each honoree will receive his NFL Alumni Player of the Year award from former NFL player counterparts and TV/entertainment celebrities. Veteran NFL commentator Gus Johnson will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event. Voting for the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards opened on Monday, January 3, 2011.

Other finalists, for Offense are QB (quarterback) Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers), and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers).

RB (running back) Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), and Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons).

WR (wide receiver) Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers), Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts), Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons).

TE (tight end) mentioned above in article.

OL (offensive lineman) Jahri Evans (New Orleans Saints), Jake Long (Miami Dolphins), Josh Sitton (Green Bay Packers).

Defense finalists are DL (defensive lineman) Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), Kyle Williams (Buffalo Bills), Mario Williams (Houston Texans).

LB (linebacker) Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Cameron Wake (Miami Dolphins), Patrick Willis (San Fransisco 49ers).

DB (defensive back) Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers), Asante Samuel (Philadelphia Eagles), Aqib Talib (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

Special Team Player: David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles), Dustin Colquitt (Kansas City Chiefs), Devin Hester (Chicago Bears).

Coach of the Year: Todd Haley (Kansas City Chiefs), Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears), Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons).

Player of the Year: Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers), Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers).

Depending on how playoffs go this weekend, Keller may be playing in the Super Bowl. It’s down to the Jets, Steelers, Bears and Packers.