New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA has been named the 2017 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, Pepsi and the NFL announced today.
Kamara was recognized during Pepsi Super Bowl LII festivities in Minneapolis, as well as online at nfl.com/rookies.
Kamara, a 2018 Pro Bowl selection, led all rookies with 14 total touchdowns and ranked second with 1,554 scrimmage yards. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) as the only rookies in NFL history to have at least five rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown. Kamara led all rookies with 81 receptions, the third-most by a rookie running back in NFL history.
Kamara was one of five finalists nominated to receive this honor. The other finalists were Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2017 NFL season. Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and fans voted for the winner on NFL.com. Those results were used to help determine the finalists.
This is Pepsi’s 16th year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the 15th year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.