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]

Trivia[edit]

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

Overall ROTY Winners (1980-present)[edit]

Season Player Team Position
1980 Sims, BillyBilly Sims[67] Detroit Lions Running Back
1981 Rogers, GeorgeGeorge Rogers[68] New Orleans Saints Running Back
1982 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen[69] Los Angeles Raiders Running Back
1983 Marino, DanDan Marino[70] Miami Dolphins Quarterback
1984 Lipps, LouisLouis Lipps[71] Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver
1985 Brown, EddieEddie Brown[72] Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver
1986 Mayes, ReubenReuben Mayes[73] New Orleans Saints Running Back
1987 Awalt, RobertRobert Awalt[74] St. Louis Cardinals Tight End
1988 Jackson, KeithKeith Jackson[75] Philadelphia Eagles Tight End
1989 Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders[76] Detroit Lions Running Back
1990 Webb, RichmondRichmond Webb[77] Miami Dolphins Offensive Tackle
1991 Croel, MikeMike Croel[78] Denver Broncos Linebacker
1992 Dotson, SantanaSantana Dotson[79] Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Tackle
1993 Bettis, JeromeJerome Bettis[80] Los Angeles Rams Running Back
1994 Faulk, MarshallMarshall Faulk[81] Indianapolis Colts Running Back
1995 Martin, CurtisCurtis Martin[82] New England Patriots Running Back
1996 George, EddieEddie George[83] Houston Oilers Running Back
1997 Dunn, WarrickWarrick Dunn[84] Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back
1998 Moss, RandyRandy Moss[85] Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver
1999 James, EdgerrinEdgerrin James[86] Indianapolis Colts Running Back
2000 Urlacher, BrianBrian Urlacher[87] Chicago Bears Linebacker
2001 Bell, KendrellKendrell Bell[88] Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker
2002 Portis, ClintonClinton Portis[89] Denver Broncos Running Back
2003 Boldin, AnquanAnquan Boldin[90] Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver
2004 Roethlisberger, BenBen Roethlisberger[91] Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
2005 Merriman, ShawneShawne Merriman[92] San Diego Chargers Linebacker
2006 Young, VinceVince Young[93] Tennessee Titans Quarterback
2007 Peterson, AdrianAdrian Peterson[94] Minnesota Vikings Running Back
2008 Ryan, MattMatt Ryan[95] Atlanta Falcons Quarterback
2009 Harvin, PercyPercy Harvin[96] Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver
2010 Suh, NdamukongNdamukong Suh[19] Detroit Lions Defensive tackle
2011 Newton, CamCam Newton[20] Carolina Panthers Quarterback
2012 Griffin III, RobertRobert Griffin III[21] Washington Redskins Quarterback
2013 Allen, KeenanKeenan Allen[97] San Diego Chargers Wide receiver

Defunct awards[edit]

United Press International NFL ROTY Award[edit]

United Press International (UPI) awarded an annual NFL Rookie of the Year award from 1955-1959 and two annual awards from 1960 to 1996. From 1960 to 1969 the awards went to a rookie from the NFL and AFL, and after the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, the awards went to a rookie from the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC).[98][99]

NEA NFL ROTY Award[edit]

The NEA NFL Rookie of the Year award was founded in 1964 by the Newspaper Enterprise Association and was created by Murray Olderman, the senior sports editor for the NEA. From 1971 through 1976 winners for both the American Football Conference and National Football Conference were chosen, except in 1974. The award was discontinued after the 1996 season. Winners were awarded the Bert Bell Memorial Trophy in honor of former NFL commissioner Bert Bell.

Winners (1964–1996)[edit]

Season Player Team Position
1964 Taylor, CharleyCharley Taylor Washington Redskins Wide receiver
1965 Sayers, GaleGale Sayers Chicago Bears Running back
1966 Nobis, TommyTommy Nobis Atlanta Falcons Linebacker
1967 Farr, MelMel Farr Detroit Lions Running back
1968 McCullouch, EarlEarl McCullouch Detroit Lions Wide receiver
1969 Hill, CalvinCalvin Hill Dallas Cowboys Running back
1970 Chester, RaymondRaymond Chester Oakland Rainders Tight end
1971 Plunkett, JimJim Plunkett (AFC) New England Patriots Quarterback
1971 Brockington, JohnJohn Brockington (NFC) Green Bay Packers Running back
1972 Harris, FrancoFranco Harris (AFC) Pittsburgh Steelers Running back
1972 Buchanon, WillieWillie Buchanon (NFC) Green Bay Packers Cornerback
1973 Clark, BoobieBoobie Clark (AFC) Cincinnati Bengals Running back
1973 Foreman, ChuckChuck Foreman (NFC) Minnesota Vikings Running back
1974 Don Woods San Diego Chargers Running back
1975 Brazile, RobertRobert Brazile (AFC) Houston Oilers Linebacker
1975 Bartkowski, SteveSteve Bartkowski (NFC) Atlanta Falcons Quarterback
1976 Mike Haynes (AFC) New England Patriots Cornerback
1976 Sammy White (NFC) Minnesota Vikings Patriots Wide receiver
1977 Dorsett, TonyTony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys Running back
1978 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Running back
1979 Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals Running back
1980 Billy Sims Detroit Lions Running back
1981 Taylor, Lawrence Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Outside linebacker
1982 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1983 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams Running back
1984 Louis Lipps Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver
1985 Eddie Brown Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver
1986 Rueben Mayes New Orleans Saints Running back
1987 Jackson, BoBo Jackson Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1988 John Stephens New England Patriots Running back
1989 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Running back
1990 Eric Green Pittsburgh Steelers Tight end
1991 Croel, Mike Mike Croel Denver Broncos Outside linebacker
1992 Carter, Dale Dale Carter Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback
1993 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams Running back
1994 Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts Running back
1995 Galloway, Joey Joey Galloway Seattle Seahawks Wide receiver
1996 Eddie George Houston Oilers Running back

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