More than 1,591,000 fan votes were submitted. And Minnesota Vikings receiver/kick returner Percy Harvin won the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award today. It wasn’t much of a surprise. Percy’s versatility is what set him apart. He had 2,081 combined yards, good enough for second best in the entire NFC and it also set a Vikings single-season record.
Percy recorded two kickoff returns for touchdowns, including an 101-yarder against the 49ers in Week 3. He finished fourth in the NFL with a 27.5 kick return average (42 returns for 1,156 yards). In 15 games, Percy had 60 receptions for 790 yards, both tying for the best among rookies—and six touchdowns and 135 rushing yards on 15 carries. He was added to the 2010 NFC Pro Bowl squad as a kick returner and he’s one of the main reasons Brett Favre should return to quarterback the Vikes in 2010.
Percy was one of five finalists for the honor. The other finalists were safety Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills, linebacker Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans, linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and offensive tackle Michael “The Blind Side” Oher of the Baltimore Ravens.