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After the award for the AP Defensive Rookie of the year, Baldwin sat next to former NFL star Archie Manning and asked him: “Peyton or Eli?”

Rather than choose between his quarterback sons, Manning offered a quick retort.

“Let me ask the question: Alec or Billy?” Manning said.

Conveniently, the younger Baldwin brother was sitting right in front of Alec.

As for the postgame altercation between coaches Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Lions, “I haven’t seen a handshake that awkward since Nixon met Elvis.”

Before the show, players were eager to hear Baldwin’s take on the NFL.

“He’ll say anything but he’s always funny,” Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said.

The evening’s presenters included television host Jimmy Fallon, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm and “Entourage” actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.


John Carucci covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at