San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith Voted Week 5 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

October 14, 2011

Voters on have made their choice. Linebacker Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on October 9-10, the NFL announced today.

Smith recorded two sacks in San Francisco’s 48-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith has accumulated 3.5 sacks over his past two games.

Smith was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on  The other finalists were wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors.  Fans can vote for the winner on throughout the month of January.  The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

This is Pepsi’s 10th year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the 10th year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

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