NEW ORLEANS - Seattle Seahawks QB RUSSELL WILSON is the 2012 PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, Pepsi MAX and the National Football League announced tonight at “2nd Annual NFL Honors” – a star-studded football and entertainment event saluting the best players, performances and plays from the 2012 season. “2nd Annual NFL Honors” airs nationally on Saturday, February 2, 9-11 pm (ET) on CBS.
Selected in the third round out of Wisconsin, Wilson caught the eye of head coach PETE CARROLL and Seahawks fans alike for his proficient play in the preseason, thus propelling him into the starting role for all 16 regular season games. Relying on his arm and legs, Wilson led the Seahawks to 11 wins and back into the playoffs. He finished the season throwing for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and a 100.0 passer rating which was fourth best in the NFL. Wilson’s 26 touchdown passes tied the NFL’s single season record by a rookie set in 1998 by PEYTON MANNING. The Seahawks finished the year 8-0 at home which established Wilson as the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to lead his team to an undefeated home record. He was nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week eight times, winning the award once.
Wilson was one of five finalists up for the honor. The other finalists were Washington Redskins QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III, Indianapolis Colts QB ANDREW LUCK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB DOUG MARTIN and Washington Redskins RB ALFRED MORRIS.
The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2012 NFL season. Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL fans voted for the winner on NFL.com. Those results were used to help determine the finalists.
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 Year award.