NFL: Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy named Offensive Rookie of the Year
Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy has been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press.
Last Updated: 01/02/14 11:36pm
The Packers rusher, picked in the second round of last year's draft, overcame a slow start to the season to rush for 1,178 yards on 284 carries, scoring 11 touchdowns.
Lacy also grabbed 35 pass receptions, and he was particularly impressive when the Packers passing game struggled while quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for seven games with a fractured collarbone.
Lacy polled 35 of the 50 votes cast by a select group of media experts, with San Diego wide receiver second with 12 votes.
The last Packer to win the award was John Brockington in 1971, while Lacy is also the first running back to claim offensive rookie honour since Minnesota ace Adrian Pieterson in 2007.
Meanwhile, New York Jets tackle Sheldon Richardson was named Defensive Rookie of the Year narrowly ahead of Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Richardson, the 13th overall pick in April's draft, received 23 votes to Alonso's 19.
Richardson made 42 tackles and had three sacks in a disappointing season for the Jets, although he helped their defence rank third against the run.
He is the fourth Jet to win the award after Jonathan Vilma, Hugh Douglas and Erik McMillan.