National Football League Rookie of the Year Award

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The National Football League Rookie of the Year Award (NFL ROTY) refers to any number of awards presented by various entities to the top American football rookie(s) in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL consider the rookie of the year awards by the Associated Press (AP) to be its official honor.[1]

Associated Press NFL ROTY Award[edit]

The AP NFL Rookie of the Year award is an annual award given since 1967 to the top offensive and defensive rookie players in the NFL.[2][3] Winners are selected by a nationwide panel of 50 members of the Associated Press who regularly cover the league.[4] Ballots are cast at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs. Since 2011, winners of the AP Rookie of the Year awards are announced at the NFL Honors presentation the night before the Super Bowl along with the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award.[5]

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Pepsi NFL ROTY Award[edit]

The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award is an annual award given since 2002 to the top rookie in the NFL. The winner is selected by fans through an online voting process at NFL.com.

Every week during the NFL regular season, five finalists are chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award, and the winner is determined by fan voting online. Those results are used to help determine the finalists for the Rookie of the Year award. Voting occurs throughout the postseason and concludes the week before the Super Bowl.[8] More than 350,000 votes were cast for the inaugural award in 2002,[9] 1.002 million votes in 2009, and more than 1.59 million votes in 2010.[10] Since 2011, the winner of the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award is announced at the NFL Honors show the night before the Super Bowl along with the AP Rookie of the Year awards.[5]

Winners (2002–present)[edit]

Season Player Team Position
2002 Shockey, JeremyJeremy Shockey New York Giants Tight end
2003 Davis, DomanickDomanick Davis Houston Texans Running back
2004 Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
2005 Williams, CadillacCadillac Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back
2006 Young, VinceVince Young Tennessee Titans Quarterback
2007 Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back
2008 Flacco, JoeJoe Flacco Baltimore Ravens Quarterback
2009 Harvin, PercyPercy Harvin Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
2010 Suh, NdamukongNdamukong Suh Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle
2011 Newton, CamCam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback
2012 Wilson, RussellRussell Wilson[11] Seattle Seahawks Quarterback
2013 Allen, KeenanKeenan Allen San Diego Chargers Wide receiver

PFW/Pro Football Writers of America NFL ROTY Award[edit]

The Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association (PFW/PFWA) Rookie of the Year awards have been given annually to an offensive and defensive rookie in the NFL since 1969, except in 1985. In 2013, PFWA began selecting an overall NFL rookie of the year in addition to its offensive and defensive honors.[12] The winners are chosen by PFW writers/editors and PFWA members.

Overall ROTY Winners[edit]

Season Player Team Position Ref
2013 Lacy, EddieEddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Running back
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Sporting News NFL ROTY Award[edit]

The Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year award is chosen annually by NFL players, coaches, and executives. There were 617 voters in 2010,[19] 632 voters in 2011,[20] and over 800 voters in 2012.[21]

Winners (1955–present)[edit]

Season Player Team Position
1955 Ameche, AlanAlan Ameche[22] Baltimore Colts Fullback
1956 Caroline, J. C.J. C. Caroline[23] Chicago Bears Defensive Halfback
1957 Brown, JimJim Brown[24] Cleveland Browns Fullback
1958 Mitchell, BobbyBobby Mitchell[25] Cleveland Browns Halfback
1959 Pietrosante, NickNick Pietrosante[26] Detroit Lions Fullback