Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Quarterback T.J. Yates of the Houston Texans is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played December 8-12, the NFL announced today.
Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Quarterback T.J. Yates of the Houston Texans is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played December 8-12, the NFL announced today. Yates completed 26 of 44 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Texans’ 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates also added five carries for 36 rushing yards, and threw for the game-winning touchdown with just two seconds remaining in the game. The win helped Houston secure its first playoff berth in franchise history.
Yates was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com. The other finalists were wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, quarterback Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans and wide receiver Titus Young of the Detroit Lions.
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 throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
In conjunction with the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week promotion, Panini America produces virtual trading cards of each week’s five nominees and a virtual card for each week’s winner.
2011 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Winners
Week 1: Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Week 2: Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Week 3: Stefen Wisniewski, Oakland Raiders
Week 4: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Week 5: Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Week 6: Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Week 7: DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Week 8: Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills
Week 9: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 10: Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Week 11: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Week 12: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 13: Colin McCarthy, Tennessee Titans
Week 14: T.J. Yates, Houston Texans