Rookie RB Jahvid Best has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September.
Best: “It’s a great accomplishment. It’s something just to see my hard work pay off a little bit, but it’s the beginning still, it’s a long season, and I still have a lot of work to do. I’m feeling good and I’m just excited to get back out there.”
Best is tied for the League lead in scoring (first among non-kickers) over the first three weeks with 30 points, notching five touchdowns – four rushing, one receiving – over the first two games.
His big game came against the Philadelphia Eages at Ford Field when he became the first rookie in NFL history with at least 75 rushing yards (78), 150 receiving yards (154) and three touchdowns in a single game against Philadelphia (9/19) in his second game as a pro.
In that game, Best took a Shaun Hill screen pass 75 yards for a touchdown.
Best: “We felt like we could exploit that, me on a linebacker. We felt pretty good about that. Shaun was throwing me some great balls and I was just making plays.”
This marks the second year in a row that a Lions’ rookie has been named NFL Rookie of the Month for September.
In 2009, S Louis Delmas was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month. Best becomes the fourth Lions’ offensive player to be named NFL Rookie of the Month and first since RB Kevin Jones earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for December 2004.
This is the first time that Lions’ rookies from back-to-back draft classes have earned Rookie of the Month honors.
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