Wilson fans’ favorite rookie

McClatchy news servicesFebruary 3, 2013 

Fans voted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson the NFL’s top rookie, but the former Wisconsin and North Carolina State star finished third in voting by the media.

Wilson beat out Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and Redskins running back Alfred Morris for the Pepsi Max NFL rookie of the year award, which was voted for by fans on nfl.com.

“Thanks to All the amazing fans who voted me as the @pepsimax Rookie of the Year!,” Wilson tweeted.

In voting by national media for The Associated Press rookie of the year award, Griffin received 29 of 50 votes. Luck was second with 11 votes, one more than Wilson.

Other award winners:

 • Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was named MVP and offensive player of the year by the Associated Press.

Peterson tore the anterior cruciate and medical collateral ligaments in his left knee late in the 2011 season. He recovered to run for 2,019 yards this season, 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record.

Peterson finished with 301/2 votes. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was second with the remaining 191/2 votes.

 • Manning edged Peterson to win comeback player of the year. Manning sat out the 2011 season and had four neck surgeries. Manning had 311/2 votes, 14 more than Peterson.

 • Bruce Arians became the first interim coach to win coach of the year honors, receiving 361/2 votes.

He filled in for Chuck Pagano after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Pagano finished second with 51/2 votes. Seattle’s Pete Carroll got five votes.

Arians was hired as Arizona’s coach in January.

 • Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, who led the NFL with 201/2 sacks, was the runaway winner as defensive player of the year. Watt received 49 votes.

 • Carolina middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the league’s leader in tackles with 164, won the defensive rookie of the year award. Kuechly, the No. 9 overall pick, received 28 votes.

Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner finished second. Wagner, the No. 47 overall pick, received 11 votes after leading the team in tackles with 140.

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