National Football League Rookie of the Year Award

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

Offensive ROTY winners (1967–present)

Season Player Team Position Ref.
1967 Mel Farr Detroit Lions Running back [2]
1968 Earl McCullouch Detroit Lions Wide receiver [3]
1969 Calvin Hill Dallas Cowboys Running back
1970 Dennis Shaw Buffalo Bills Quarterback
1971 John Brockington Green Bay Packers Running back
1972 Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers Running back
1973 Chuck Foreman Minnesota Vikings Running back
1974 Don Woods San Diego Chargers Running back
1975 Mike Thomas Washington Redskins Running back
1976 Sammy White Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
1977 Tony 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 George Rogers New Orleans Saints Running back
1982 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1983 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Quarterback
1984 Louis Lipps Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver
1985 Eddie Brown Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver
1986 Rueben Mayes New Orleans Saints Running back
1987 Troy Stradford Miami Dolphins Running back
1988 John Stephens New England Patriots Running back
1989 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Running back
1990 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back
1991 Leonard Russell New England Patriots Running back
1992 Carl Pickens Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver
1993 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams Running back
1994 Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts Running back
1995 Curtis Martin New England Patriots Running back
1996 Eddie George Houston Oilers Running back
1997 Warrick Dunn Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back
1998 Randy Moss Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
1999 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts Running back
2000 Mike Anderson Denver Broncos Running back
2001 Anthony Thomas Chicago Bears Running back
2002 Clinton Portis Denver Broncos Running back
2003 Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals Wide receiver
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 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Quarterback
2009 Percy Harvin Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
2010 Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2011 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback [4]
2012 Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins Quarterback [5]
2013 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Running back [6]
2014 Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants Wide receiver [7]
2015 Todd Gurley St. Louis Rams Running back [8]
2016 Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [9]
2017 Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints Running back [10]
2018 Saquon Barkley New York Giants Running back [11]

Defensive ROTY winners (1967–present)

Season Player Team Position Ref.
1967 Lem Barney Detroit Lions Cornerback [2]
1968 Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons Defensive end [3]
1969 Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive tackle
1970 Bruce Taylor San Francisco 49ers Cornerback
1971 Isiah Robertson Los Angeles Rams Linebacker
1972 Willie Buchanon Green Bay Packers Cornerback
1973 Wally Chambers Chicago Bears Defensive tackle
1974 Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker
1975 Robert Brazile Houston Oilers Linebacker
1976 Mike Haynes New England Patriots Cornerback
1977 A. J. Duhe Miami Dolphins Defensive end
1978 Al Baker Detroit Lions Defensive end
1979 Jim Haslett Buffalo Bills Linebacker
1980 Buddy Curry co-winner
Al Richardson co-winner
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
Linebacker
Linebacker
1981 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Linebacker
1982 Chip Banks Cleveland Browns Linebacker
1983 Vernon Leroy Maxwell Baltimore Colts Linebacker
1984 Bill Maas Kansas City Chiefs Defensive tackle
1985 Duane Bickett Indianapolis Colts Linebacker
1986 Leslie O'Neal San Diego Chargers Defensive end
1987 Shane Conlan Buffalo Bills Linebacker
1988 Erik McMillan New York Jets Safety
1989 Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker
1990 Mark Carrier Chicago Bears Safety
1991 Mike Croel Denver Broncos Linebacker
1992 Dale Carter Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback
1993 Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers Defensive tackle
1994 Tim Bowens Miami Dolphins Defensive tackle
1995 Hugh Douglas New York Jets Defensive end
1996 Simeon Rice Arizona Cardinals Defensive end
1997 Peter Boulware Baltimore Ravens Linebacker
1998 Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders Cornerback
1999 Jevon Kearse Tennessee Titans Defensive end
2000 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears Linebacker
2001 Kendrell Bell Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker
2002 Julius Peppers Carolina Panthers Defensive end
2003 Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens Linebacker
2004 Jonathan Vilma New York Jets Linebacker
2005 Shawne Merriman San Diego Chargers Linebacker
2006 DeMeco Ryans Houston Texans Linebacker
2007 Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers Linebacker
2008 Jerod Mayo New England Patriots Linebacker
2009 Brian Cushing Houston Texans Linebacker
2010 Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions Defensive tackle
2011 Von Miller Denver Broncos Linebacker [12]
2012 Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers Linebacker [13]
2013 Sheldon Richardson New York Jets Defensive end [14]
2014 Aaron Donald St. Louis Rams Defensive tackle [15]
2015 Marcus Peters Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback [16]
2016 Joey Bosa San Diego Chargers Defensive end [17]
2017 Marshon Lattimore New Orleans Saints Cornerback [18]
2018 Darius Leonard Indianapolis Colts Linebacker [19]

Pepsi NFL ROTY Award

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.[20] More than 350,000 votes were cast for the inaugural award in 2002,[21] 1.002 million votes in 2009, and more than 1.59 million votes in 2010.[22] 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.[23]

Winners (2002–present)

Season Player Team Position Ref.
2002 Jeremy Shockey New York Giants Tight end [24]
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 Quarterback
2013 Keenan Allen San Diego Chargers Wide receiver [25]
2014 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Quarterback [26]
2015 Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback [27]
2016 Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys Quarterback [28]
2017 Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints Running Back
2018 Saquon Barkley New York Giants Running Back [29]

Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America NFL ROTY Award

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

Overall ROTY winners

Season Player Team Position Ref.
2013 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Running back
[31]
2014 Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants Wide receiver
[32]
2015 Todd Gurley St. Louis Rams Running back
[33]
2016 Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys Running back
[34]
2017 Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs Running back
[35]
2018 Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns Quarterback
[36]

Offensive ROTY winners (1969–present)

Season Player Team Position
1969 Calvin Hill (NFL) Dallas Cowboys Running back
1969 Greg Cook (AFL) Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
1970 Dennis Shaw Buffalo Bills Quarterback
1971 Jim Plunkett New England Patriots Quarterback
1972 Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers Running back
1973 Chuck Foreman Minnesota Vikings Running back
1974 Don Woods San Diego Chargers Running back
1975 Mike Thomas co-winner Washington Redskins Running back
1975 Steve Bartkowski co-winner Atlanta Falcons Quarterback
1976 Sammy White[37] Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
1977 Tony 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 George Rogers New Orleans Saints Running back
1982 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back
1983 Eric Dickerson[38] Los Angeles Rams Running back
1984 Louis Lipps Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver
1986 Rueben Mayes New Orleans Saints Running back
1987 Troy Stradford Miami Dolphins Running back
1988 John Stephens co-winner New England Patriots Running back
1988 Ickey Woods co-winner Cincinnati Bengals Running back
1989 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Running back
1990 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back
1991 Leonard Russell New England Patriots Running back
1992 Jason Hanson Detroit Lions Placekicker
1993 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams Running back
1994 Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts Running back
1995 Curtis Martin New England Patriots Running back
1996 Eddie George Houston Oilers Running back
1997 Warrick Dunn Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back
1998 Randy Moss Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
1999 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts Running back
2000 Mike Anderson Denver Broncos Running back
2001 Anthony Thomas Chicago Bears Running back
2002 Clinton Portis Denver Broncos Running back
2003 Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals Wide receiver
2004 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
2005 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back
2006 Vince Young Tennessee Titans Quarterback
2007 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back
2008 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Quarterback
2009 Percy Harvin Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver
2010 Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams Quarterback
2011 Cam Newton[39] Carolina Panthers Quarterback
2012 Robert Griffin III[40] Washington Redskins Quarterback
2013 Keenan Allen[31] San Diego Chargers Wide receiver
2014 Odell Beckham Jr.[32] New York Giants Wide receiver
2015 Todd Gurley St. Louis Rams Running back
2016 Ezekiel Elliott[34] Dallas Cowboys Running back
2017 Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs Running back
Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints Running back
2018 Saquon Barkley New York Giants Running back

Defensive ROTY winners (1969–present)

Season Player Team Position
1969 Joe Greene (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive tackle
1969 Jim Marsalis (AFL) Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback
1970 Bruce Taylor San Francisco 49ers Cornerback
1971 Isiah Robertson Los Angeles Rams Linebacker
1972 Sherman White Cincinnati Bengals Defensive end
1973 Wally Chambers Chicago Bears Defensive tackle
1974 Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker
1975 Robert Brazile Houston Oilers Linebacker
1976 Mike Haynes New England Patriots Cornerback
1977 A. J. Duhe Miami Dolphins Defensive end
1978 Al Baker Detroit Lions Defensive end
1979 Jesse Baker Houston Oilers Defensive end
1980 Buddy Curry Atlanta Falcons Linebacker
1981 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Linebacker
1982 Chip Banks Cleveland Browns Linebacker
1983 Vernon Leroy Maxwell Baltimore Colts Linebacker
1984 Tom Flynn Green Bay Packers Safety
1986 Leslie O'Neal co-winner San Diego Chargers Defensive end
1986 John Offerdahl co-winner Miami Dolphins Linebacker
1987 Shane Conlan Buffalo Bills Linebacker
1988 Erik McMillan New York Jets Safety
1989 Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker
1990 Mark Carrier Chicago Bears Safety
1991 Mike Croel Denver Broncos Linebacker
1992 Dale Carter Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback
1993 Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers Defensive tackle
1994 Tim Bowens Miami Dolphins Defensive tackle
1995 Hugh Douglas New York Jets Defensive end
1996 Simeon Rice Arizona Cardinals Defensive end
1997 Peter Boulware Baltimore Ravens Linebacker
1998 Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders Cornerback
1999 Jevon Kearse Tennessee Titans Defensive end
2000 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears Linebacker
2001 Kendrell Bell Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker
2002 Julius Peppers Carolina Panthers Defensive end
2003 Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens Linebacker
2004 Dunta Robinson Houston Texans Cornerback
2005 Shawne Merriman San Diego Chargers Linebacker
2006 DeMeco Ryans Houston Texans Linebacker
2007 Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers Linebacker
2008 Jerod Mayo New England Patriots Linebacker
2009 Brian Cushing Houston Texans Linebacker
2010 Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions Defensive tackle
2011 Aldon Smith[41] San Francisco 49ers Outside linebacker
2012 Luke Kuechly[42] Carolina Panthers Linebacker
2013 Kiko Alonso[31] Buffalo Bills Linebacker
2014 Aaron Donald[32] St. Louis Rams Defensive tackle
2015 Marcus Peters Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback
2016 Joey Bosa[34] San Diego Chargers Defensive end
2017 Marshon Lattimore New Orleans Saints Cornerback
2018 Darius Leonard Indianapolis Colts Linebacker

Sporting News NFL ROTY Award

The Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year award is chosen annually by NFL players, coaches, and executives. There were 617 voters in 2010,[43] 632 voters in 2011,[44] and over 800 voters in 2012.[45]

NFL ROTY winners (1955–1959)

Season Player Team Position
1955 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts Fullback
1956 J. C. Caroline Chicago Bears Defensive back
1957 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Fullback
1958 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns Halfback
1959 Nick Pietrosante[46] Detroit Lions Fullback

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1989 Detroit Lions season

The 1989 Detroit Lions season was the franchise’s 60th season in the National Football League, their 56th as the Detroit Lions, and is best known as the beginning of the Barry Sanders era. Sanders, the previous year’s Heisman Trophy winner, was drafted 3rd overall by the Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft and was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

After starting the season with five straight losses and bottoming out at 2–9, the Lions won five in a row and six out of seven to finish the season with a 7–9 record. Nonetheless, it was their sixth consecutive losing season and their seventh of the decade.

1990 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1990 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 31st season in the National Football League and was the second year of the franchise under the ownership of Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys rebounded from a 1–15 season in 1989 to a 7–9 record, however, missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Despite this, Jimmy Johnson won AP's NFL coach of the year honours.

Cadillac Williams

Carnell Lamar "Cadillac" Williams (born April 21, 1982) is an American football coach and former running back in the National Football League (NFL), currently serving as running backs coach for the Auburn Tigers football team, for whom he also played college football. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft and also played for the St. Louis Rams.

Matt Forte

Matthew Garrett Forte (born December 10, 1985) is a former American football running back who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tulane and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Forte established himself as a dual-threat running back who is capable of earning yards as a rusher and receiver. He spent eight years with the Bears before playing for the New York Jets for two seasons.

Maurkice Pouncey

LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey (born July 24, 1989) is an American football center for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida, where he was a member of a BCS National Championship team and recognized as a consensus All-American, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Nick Pietrosante

Nicholas Vincent Pietrosante (September 10, 1937 – February 6, 1988), commonly known as Nick Pietrosante, was an American football fullback. He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and professional football in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions from 1959 to 1965 and the Cleveland Browns from 1966 to 1967. He was selected as a first-team All-American in 1958, as the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1959, and as a Pro Bowl player in 1960 and 1961. Between 1959 and 1965, he set a Lions franchise record with 3,933 rushing yards.

PFWA All-Rookie Team

Following each National Football League (NFL) season, the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) compiles an honorary All-Rookie Team to recognize that season's most outstanding rookies at each position as adjudged by sportswriters of the PFWA. Teams have been selected every year since the 1974 NFL season.

Team
Individual
One-time only
Annual presentation
Awards organizations
Retired trophies
and awards

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