Voters on NFL.com have made their choice and selected Detroit Lions Rookie running back Jahvid Best Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Week for his remarkable performance in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Best compiled a total of 232 yards from scrimmage (78 rushing, 154 receiving) and and three touchdowns in the Lions 35-32 loss. Best became the first rookie in NFL history with at least 75 yards rushing yards, 150 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a single game.
Best on the honor of being Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Week: “That makes you feel good because it’s not just an ESPN analyst, or the guys that do that for a living. It’s the actual fans who are voting, so that makes you feel good because it’s the people that enjoy the game who are voting for you.
“I just go week-by week (when asked about the prospect of being named Rookie of the Year), because if you focus day-in and day-out about getting better as a player and helping the team win, all of the stuff at the end of the year will take care of itself.”
Best was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were wide receiver-kick returner Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver-kick returner Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Demaryius Thoams of the Denver Broncos and wide receiver Mike Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLV in North Texas. This is Pepsi’s ninth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the ninth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
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