MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A record-breaking debut season and an All-Pro nod weren’t enough to earn Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson the 2020 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award.
That honor went to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. The Chargers announced Herbert’s win Thursday.READ MORE: Study Ranks Minnesota As 6th Safest State During Pandemic
Jefferson finished his inaugural campaign with 88 catches, 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition to breaking Hall of Famer Randy Moss’ franchise records for catches and yards by a rookie, Jefferson broke Anquan Boldin’s league record for rookie yardage in the Super Bowl era.
The 21-year-old receiver was named Second Team All-Pro by The Associated Press. He was the only rookie to make the All-Pro team.READ MORE: Appeals Court: Judge Erred In Not Reinstating 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin
Herbert, meanwhile, completed nearly 67% of his passes for 4,336 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added five rushing touchdowns. His passing touchdowns and total touchdowns are the most ever for a rookie QB, and his yardage is the second-most in a debut season in league history.
The other nominees were Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson, Indianapolis Colts running back Johnathan Taylor and Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young.MORE NEWS: HealthPartners Now Offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Associated Press also hands out a Rookie of the Year award. The winner of that has not yet been announced.
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