Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. This is a fan-voted ROTY award that’s sponsored by Pepsi, the same as the Rookie of the Week awards, of which Kamara won 7 including 5 in a row.
The outstanding rookie is also a favorite to be awarded the Associated Press (AP) Offensive Rookie of the Year award at tomorrow’s NFL Honors ceremony. The same event could possibly be awarding teammates Marshon Lattimore and Cameron Jordan for the Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards respectively. While the Pepsi awards (weekly and annual) are fan-voted, the AP awards are voted on by members of the national media and tallied by AP. The list of voters can be found here.
Kamara’s rookie year is deserving of both the fan and media voted honors. He had one of the most impressive outings of any rookie running back totaling 1,901 all-purpose yards and 14 total touchdowns in the regular season which was capped off with a Pro Bowl nomination and a spot on the All-Pro Second Team. He was only the third rookie to ever compile 700 yards both rushing and receiving and was part of the first running back tandem with Mark Ingram to to each total more than 1,500 scrimmage yards. He also averaged more yards per carry than any rookie in NFL history with more than 100 carries with 6.07. On top of all of that, he has also been one of the most entertaining superstars in the league. His amazing partnership with Airheads candy, tea-sipping parrot swag, friendship with Mark Ingram, and their almost weekly calls with Deion Sanders made for quite the entertaining season.
Tomorrow, we’ll find out if Kamara adds another feat to his growing legacy by securing the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year title. He and Marshon Lattimore have the potential to become only the second pair of teammates to win both rookie awards.
The NFL Honors ceremony will air at 9PM ET and PT on NBC.