INDIANAPOLIS – Quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Colts, punter JOHNNY HEKKERof the St. Louis Rams, running back TRENT RICHARDSONof Cleveland Browns, quarterback RYAN TANNEHILLof the Miami Dolphins and quarterback RUSSELL WILSONof Seattle Seahawks are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 13-17, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to determine the PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEKwill be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual "NFL Honors" awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
A closer look at the finalists:
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luckthrew for 224 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 31 attempts as the Colts beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-20. * *
St. Louis Rams P Johnny Hekker averaged 54.3 yards per punt and netted 48.7 yards per punt as he helped the Rams beat the Washington Redskins 31-28. Hekker had a game long 66 yard punt in the fourth quarter as well as pinning one punt inside the Redskins 20.
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardsontallied a game-high 109 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown in the Browns 34-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehillcompleted 18 of 30 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown as the Dolphins beat the Oakland Raiders 35-13. * *
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 15 of 20 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown as well as accounting for 28 yards on the ground in the Seahawks 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
This is Pepsi's eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.