Winner Selected by Fan
Vote on NFL.com/voting/rookies/rookie-of-the-year
The National Football League today announced
the six finalists for the 2021 PEPSI
ZERO SUGAR NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award.
PEPSI ZERO SUGAR NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
New England Patriots
Through the end of the voting period on January
31, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote,
fans should tweet the first and last name of the player or the player’s
official Twitter handle. Both of these methods must include the hashtag:
#PepsiROY. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/voting/rookies/rookie-of-the-year, which will be
available throughout the entire voting period.
PEPSI ZERO SUGAR NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award winner will be recognized in Los
Angeles and presented with a specially designed, Pepsi Zero Sugar-themed trophy
during Super Bowl LVI festivities.
The six finalists were selected for their
outstanding performances through the 2021 NFL season. Each week, six nominees
were chosen for the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Week and fans voted for
the winner on NFL.com. Those results were used to help determine the finalists.
closer look at the finalists:
- Cincinnati Bengals wide
receiver Ja’Marr Chase led all rookies and ranked fourth
in the NFL with 1,455 receiving yards, the most by a rookie in the Super Bowl
era, while his 13 touchdown receptions were the third-most in the league this
season. In Week 17, he recorded 266 receiving yards, the most ever by a rookie
in a single game. He also recorded 201 receiving yards in Week 7 and became the
first rookie ever and the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to record multiple
games with at least 200 receiving yards in a single season, joining Pro
Football Hall of Famers CALVIN JOHNSON (2011 & 2012) and DON MAYNARD (1968) as well as JOSH GORDON (2013) and ALSHON JEFFERY (2013). Chase became the fifth rookie in the Super Bowl era with at
least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, joining Pro Football
Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998), ODELL BECKHAM JR. (2014), MIKE EVANS (2014) and JOHN JEFFERSON (1978).
- Pittsburgh Steelers
running back Najee Harris led all rookies and ranked fourth in the league with 1,667
scrimmage yards (1,200 rushing, 467 receiving), the most-ever by a Steelers
rookie, and ranked second among rookies with 10 total touchdowns (seven
rushing, three receiving). He led all NFL running backs with 74 receptions and
in Week 3, totaled 14 receptions to tie SAQUON
BARKLEY (September 16, 2018) and ROY
HELU (November 6, 2011) for the most by a rookie running back in a single
- New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones led all qualified rookies with a 67.6 completion percentage, 3,801
passing yards, 22 touchdown passes and a 92.5 rating this season. He completed
at least 70 percent of his pass attempts in nine games to tie DAK PRESCOTT (2016) for the most-ever
by rookie. In Week 10, Jones recorded a 142.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest
single-game passer rating by a rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era
(minimum 20 attempts). In 2021, he became the third rookie quarterback all-time
to win each of his first six road starts, joining Prescott (2016) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (2004).
- Dallas Cowboys
linebacker Micah Parsons led all rookies with 13 sacks in 2021, the third-most by a rookie
since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982, and tied for
the NFL-lead with 21 tackles for loss. From Week 9 to 14, he registered a sack
in six consecutive games and became the third rookie to record a sack in
six-or-more consecutive games since 1982, joining JEVON KEARSE (eight consecutive games in 1999) and MIKE CROEL (six in 1991). He finished
the season with three forced fumbles and became the first rookie since DWIGHT FREENEY (13 sacks, nine forced
fumbles) in 2002 with at least 13 sacks and three forced fumbles.
- Atlanta Falcons tight
end Kyle Pitts totaled
1,026 receiving yards this season and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE
DITKA (1,076 receiving yards in 1961) as the only rookie tight ends in NFL
history with at least 1,000 receiving yards. He registered 68 receptions and
became the third rookie tight end all-time with at least 65 receptions, joining
KEITH JACKSON (81 receptions in 1988) and JEREMY SHOCKEY (74 in
2002). Pitts, who recorded 119 receiving yards in Week 5, 163 receiving yards
in Week 7 and 102 receiving yards in Week 16, became the third rookie tight end
in league history with 100 receiving yards in at least three games, joining Ditka
(five games in 1961) and CHARLE YOUNG (four games in 1973).
- Miami Dolphins wide
receiver Jaylen Waddle led all rookies with 104 receptions this season, surpassing
ANQUAN BOLDIN (101 receptions in
2003) for the most receptions by a rookie all-time. He recorded seven games
with at least eight receptions, the most such games by a rookie in NFL history,
and his 10 games with at least five catches were the most among rookies this
season. Waddle totaled 1,015 receiving yards and was one of three rookies,
along with Chase and Pitts, to reach the 1,000-yard mark in 2021.
This is Pepsi’s 21st year as the official soft
drink sponsor of the NFL and the 20th year that Pepsi will present the NFL
Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year award.
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NFL – Arden Shirley
Pepsi – Jeremy Myers