Safety ERIC BERRY of the Kansas City Chiefs, running back LeGARRETTE BLOUNT of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback SAM BRADFORD of the St. Louis Rams, cornerback DEVIN McCOURTY of the New England Patriots and defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH of the Detroit Lions are the finalists for PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on October 31 - November 1, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 am ET and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com/rookies.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLV in North Texas.
A closer look at the finalists:
Kansas City's ERIC BERRY registered 10 tackles and one interception to send the game into overtime in the Chiefs' 13-10 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Tampa Bay's LeGARRETTE BLOUNT rushed 22 times for 120 yards, including one 48-yard key run late in the game, and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 38 - 35 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
St. Louis' SAM BRADFORD led the Rams to a 20-10 win over the Carolina Panthers completing 25 of 32 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
New England's DEVIN McCOURTY had four tackles and one interception which led to a touchdown drive in the Patriots' 28 - 18 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Detroit's NDAMUKONG SUH registered two sacks (for 17 yards loss), four tackles including two tackles for loss and put an exclamation point on the victory with a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 1:36 to play in the game that gave the Lions a 37-25 win over the Washington Redskins.
This is Pepsi's ninth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the ninth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
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