Shockey wins ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Shockey was presented with award today.
Shockey was presented with award today.

Posted Jan 22, 2003


Tight end JEREMY SHOCKEY was named the 2002 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, Pepsi and the National Football League announced today.

More than 350,000 fans voted for five candidates on NFL.com from January 1 through January 20 to determine which rookie would win the first PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award.  More than one million fans voted for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year during the regular season.

Shockey was presented the award during a press conference in San Diego, the site of Super Bowl XXXVII.

Shockey led all NFL tight ends with 74 receptions and 894 receiving yards, while breaking New York Giants tight end records in both receptions and receiving yards.  Shockey also finished second all-time among rookie tight ends in both receptions (Keith Jackson, 81 in 1988) and receiving yards (Mike Ditka, 1,076 in 1961).  Shockey was nominated five times for Pepsi Rookie of the Week (including Week 17), winning the award in Weeks 11 and 16.

The five finalists were chosen after tabulating this season’s fan voting.  Each week, five nominees were chosen and NFL fans voted for the winner on NFL.com. 

Following were the five finalists for the 2002 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

 

2002 PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

MARQUES ANDERSON

Safety

Green Bay Packers

DAVID CARR

Quarterback

Houston Texans

WILLIAM GREEN

Running Back

Cleveland Browns

CLINTON PORTIS

Running Back

Denver Broncos

JEREMY SHOCKEY

Tight End

New York Giants

 



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