National Football League Rookie of the Year Award

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Various entities present a National Football League Rookie of the Year Award each season to the top rookie(s) in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL considers the (rookie) of the year awards by the Associated Press (AP) to be its official honor.[1] The AP awards and Pepsi's rookie of the year award are presented each year at the NFL Honors.

Associated Press NFL ROTY Award[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

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.[22] More than 350,000 votes were cast for the inaugural award in 2002,[23] 1.002 million votes in 2009, and more than 1.59 million votes in 2010.[24] 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.[25]

Winners (2002–present)[edit]

Season Player Team Position Ref.
2002 Jeremy Shockey New York Giants Tight end [26]
2003 Domanick Davis Houston Texans Running back
2004 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
2005 Cadillac Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back
2006 Vince Young Tennessee Titans Quarterback
2007 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back
2008 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens Quarterback
2009 Percy Harvin Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
2010 Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions Defensive tackle
2011 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback
2012 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
2013 Keenan Allen San Diego Chargers Wide receiver [27]
2014 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Quarterback [28]
2015 Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers [29]
2016 Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys [30]
2017 Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints Running back
2018 Saquon Barkley New York Giants [31]
2019 Nick Bosa San Francisco 49ers Defensive end [32]

Pro Football Weekly/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.[33] The winners are chosen by Pro Football Weekly writers/editors and PFWA members.

Overall ROTY winners[edit]

Season Player Team Position Ref.
2013 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Running back [34]
2014 Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants Wide receiver [35]
2015 Todd Gurley St. Louis Rams Running back [36]
2016 Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys [37]
2017 Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs [38]
2018 Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns Quarterback
2019 Nick Bosa San Francisco 49ers Defensive end [39]

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,[46] 632 voters in 2011,[47] and over 800 voters in 2012.[48]