In a surprise to no one, except maybe the 12 people who voted for San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Lacy finished with 35 of the 50 votes cast for the award. Allen came in second with 12 and three guys had one vote. Those were Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, Lions tackle Larry Warford and Vikings receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson.
We’re guessing those last three were homer votes.
Lacy finished the season eighth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,178) and third in rushing touchdowns (11). Allen was 22nd in receiving yards (1,046) and 13th in receiving touchdowns (8).
The real story was Lacy carrying the Packers offense while Aaron Rodgers was injured. More impressively, he did so while consistently facing eight guys in the box.
In 2013, Lacy broke John Brockington’s Packers rookie rushing mark, which had stood since 1972.
Also, he wore this sweet-ass suit to the NFL Honors, where the award was handed out.
Thought it was going to be tight between him and Allen
35 out of 50
Not even fucking close
Do-do do-do THE POLAR BEAR.
I will admit that I was a little worried that Keenan Allen would win this one since they were hyping him so much. Eddie deserves it more than anyone. Missed two games, played half the season with an injured ankle and without Aaron Rodgers, he still ran 1100+ yards and 11 touchdowns. Can’t wait to see what he can do next year.
Also, congrats to Rodgers and Cobb for winning the never say never moment of the year award.
See, if a great player falls into your lap, sometimes Ted will draft him! (Rodgers, Lacy)
Well done, sir! #27EddieLacy
In the past five years the Packers have had a defensive player of the year, NFL MVP, and now rookie of the year. Not too shabby.
Congrats to Eddie for the season’s accomplishments that led to winning the award.
A silver lining to this is that Packer fans don’t have to worry about him getting distracted with commercial and endorsement opportunities.