– Rookie K Greg Zuerlein, the emerging colt hero in St. Louis, put forth a tour de force of kicking on Sunday against Seattle and now he’s nominated for Pepsi’s NFL Rookie of the Week award. Go vote for Zuerlein at www.nfl.com/rookies
– Here is the release from the league with the nominees. Vote early, vote often.
NFL ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Fans To Vote For Winner On NFL.com
Running back BRANDON BOLDEN of the New England Patriots, linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT of the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL of the Miami Dolphins and kicker GREG ZUERLEIN of the St. Louis Rams are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 27 – October 1, 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 WEEK will 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:
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden rushed for 137 yards and scored one touchdown on 16 carries in the Patriots’ defeat of the Buffalo Bills 52-28.
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict led the team with eight tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, and one pass break up in the Bengals’ 27-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was 26 for 35 throwing for 323 yards as well as gaining 43 yards on the ground and a touchdown. He helped engineer a drive in the final minute to set the Redskins up for the game winning field goal, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-22.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill broke the franchise single game passing record for a rookie throwing for 431 yards which also ranked second in NFL history for single game passing yardage by a rookie. He threw one touchdown in the Dolphins’ overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals 24-21.
St. Louis Rams K Greg Zuerlein was four for four on field goals including a 58-yarder and a franchise long 60-yarder in the Rams’ win over the Seattle Seahawks 19-13. He became the first kicker in NFL history to make 60-yard and 50-plus yard field goals in the same game.
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.
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