Hall of Fame coach Dick LeBeau, and Tom Moore and Dante Scarnecchia have won the Paul ''Dr. Z'' Zimmerman Award from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
The award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL and named for Zimmerman, who covered the NFL for 29 years.
LeBeau, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his playing career as a defensive back, is among the most accomplished defensive coordinators in league history. Now with Tennessee, he's in his 43rd season as an NFL coach and is considered the originator of the zone blitz.
Moore, now with Arizona, is in his 37th NFL season. He has served as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and is best known for his work with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.
Dante Scarnecchia spent 32 seasons as an NFL assistant coach, 30 with the Patriots, before retiring. His specialty was the offensive line, and he won three Super Bowls.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL