Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was named 2015 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, Pepsi and the NFL announced on Friday.
Winston was selected among five finalists, including Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper, Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley, Seattle Seahawks WR-PR-KR Tyler Lockett and Kansas City CBMarcus Peters.
“It feels great to receive this honor from the fans,” Winston said. “My goal coming into my rookie season was to come in and do whatever it took to help us win games and compete. As great as this individual accomplishment is, it is really a reflection of how well our entire offense did this season. The fans are what make our sport so great and getting this kind of recognition based on their votes is very special to me.”
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL fans voted for the winner on NFL.com. Those results were used to help determine the finalists. Winston won three Pepsi Rookie of the Week awards (Weeks 2, 5 & 11). In Week 11, Winston threw five touchdowns with no interceptions and joined Ray Buivid (December 5, 1937) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
Winston started all 16 games for Tampa Bay, throwing for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdown passes, with six rushing touchdowns, all team rookie records. The 2015 No. 1 overall pick posted the third-most passing yards by a rookie in NFL history (4,042) and the second-most ever by a Buccaneers quarterback. His 22 touchdown passes were the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history and tied for the fourth-most in a single season by a Buccaneers quarterback. His combined 28 touchdowns (22 passing, six rushing) were the most by a quarterback in Buccaneers history and tied for the third-most by a rookie in NFL history.
“As I have said before, I truly believe Jameis deserved to be honored as rookie of the year,” Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter said. “There were many fine candidates, but taking every snap at the most difficult position on the football field and producing one of the greatest statistical seasons by a rookie in NFL history speaks volumes to the type of player and competitor Jameis is. Beyond that, he provided leadership and intangibles that made immeasurable differences to our football team. I am very happy for Jameis and look forward to working with him to build on an outstanding rookie season.”
Winston was the first Buccaneers quarterback to earn a Pro Bowl selection since 2007 (Jeff Garcia), the first rookie quarterback to do so in team history, and the first rookie quarterback named to the contest since 2012 (Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck & Russell Wilson).
– Report courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Way to go Jameis. I am so excited for next yr
Well done Jameis! Is this THE Rookie of the Year award or a separate fans choice award? To me it’s a no brainer anyway. Clearly Jameis winston was the Rookie of the Year IMO.
The Pepsi OROY is the fan voted award. The AP OROY is a media voted award that will be broadcast tonight on the NFL Honors Show. It will be shown on CBS at 9:00pm tonight.
And you’re right, Winston should be the clear winner tonight, but if the interweb chatter is correct, they are predicting RB Todd Gurley as the media favorite.
He’s being punished by the PC media crowd for being accused (not convicted) of being a kid. OMG those morons make me sick.
So agree. Bad timing FSU settled, but they did do a horrible job; part of it was because they had no case. Shame on Tampa Bay Times putting that news on the front page. The accusation is so miss leading and I hope Winston doesn’t settle even though it’s cheaper to just settle versus spending all his future money to attorney’s on both sides. She knew exactly what she was doing when she took the taxie with him back to his dorm and had sex with him. Then she remembered she had a boy friend and a family and went another way.
40 years to wait for a franchise QB to finally knock on the Buc’s door; Way to go Jameis! Ten years from now, Bucs fans (and I’m assuming there will be a lot more) will look back on this year as the one that started it all.
Started it all again.
Dungy started it. Congratulations coach!
My wife thinks Favre looks older than me and I’m 68:)
I’m sorry but Gurley winning over Jamais last night is a fucking joke. This reeks of A. the media doesn’t like jameis, why not they’ve been trying to put him in a cage for years now, and B. this reeks of “hey we are about to move a team to LA, we need something to put people in seats. Here the NF;l rookie of the year Gurley.
Absolutely pathetic. I’ve seen many bucs get ripped off over the years for awards, Dougie comes to mind, as well as Mike Williams rookie seasons, but strangely they were always beet out by a qb until this year. Joke Joke Joke.
Agreed. These writers are afraid to do the right thing. These awards, and all award shows, are political. Such a shame.
Yessir… J.O.K.E. Let’s hope that it’s fuel for the fire; as if Jameis needs it!
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