RESULTS FOR DIET PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was one of five finalists on hand today for the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award which was presented during a press conference in South Florida, the site of Super Bowl XLI. Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young took the honors.
During the 2006 campaign, Jones-Drew led all rookies and tied for third in the NFL with 16 touchdowns, which ranked fifth all-time for rookies since 1990. Jones-Drew also led all rookies in all-purpose yards with 2,250, good for third best in the NFL. Jones-Drew had at least one rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games. He finished second on the team with 941 rushing yards on 166 carries (5.7 avg.) and led the Jaguars with 13 rushing touchdowns. He was also second on the squad with 46 receptions for 436 yards and two scores.
Jones-Drew, who was nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week honors five times during the regular season, was one of five finalists for the award. The five finalists were: Jones-Drew, Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester, and Young.