Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Defensive back STERLING MOORE of the New England Patriots is the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK for games played on January 1, the NFL announced today.
Moore had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in the Patriots' 49-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He also added two passes defensed and a tackle. He is the first undrafted player to win Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors this season.
Moore was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were defensive tackle JURRELL CASEY of the Tennessee Titans, wide receiver JULIO JONES of the Atlanta Falcons, linebacker JUSTIN HOUSTON of the Kansas City Chiefs and running back EVAN ROYSTER of the Washington Redskins
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 in Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI, at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 4, 9-11 p.m. EST on NBC.
This is Pepsi's tenth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the tenth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
2011 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Wk 1 Green Bay Packers WR/KR Randall Cobb (Kentucky)
Wk 2 Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (Tennessee)
Wk 3 Oakland Raiders OG Stefen Wisniewski (Penn State)
Wk 4 Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (Auburn)
Wk 5 San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (Missouri)
Wk 6 San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (Missouri)
Wk 7 Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma)
Wk 8 Buffalo Bills NT Marcell Dareus (Alabama)
Wk 9 Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (Texas Christian)
Wk 10 Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (Tennessee)
Wk 11 Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (Maryland)
Wk 12 Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton (Texas Christian)
Wk 13 Tennessee Titans LB Colin McCarthy (Miami)
Wk 14 Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates (North Carolina)
Wk 15 Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (Auburn)
Wk 16 Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (Auburn)
Wk 17 New England Patriots DB Sterling Moore (Southern Methodist)