Registered: Jan 2003
Local time: 02:59 AM
Location: Santa Cruz
Rookie of the Year nominees:
Marques Anderson, Green Bay SS
Anderson started 11 games for a 12-4 team, recording 41 tackles, ranking second on the team with four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and had seven passes defensed. Anderson was the Packers sixth-leading (non-kicker) scorer and had an 11-tackle effort against New England in Week 6. Anderson won the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award in Weeks 6, 7 and 10 and was nominated four times.
David Carr, Houston QB
Carr led the expansion Houston Texans to a 4-12 record, completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 2,592 yards and nine touchdowns. His 2,592 yards passing are the second-most ever by a rookie quarterback on an expansion team (Kerry Collins, 2,717 in 1995 with Carolina). Carr also rushed for 282 yards on 59 attempts for a 4.8-yard average and tied for a team high with three rushing touchdowns. He started every game despite being sacked an NFL record 74 times and was nominated three times for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award.
William Green, Cleveland RB
Green rushed for a team-high 887 yards and six touchdowns on 243 carries. Green's play improved as the season progressed. He rushed for 726 yards over the final seven games, and capped off the season by rushing for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in Week 17. Cleveland was 6-3 when Green started, 4-0 when he rushed for more than 95 yards, and 5-0 when he scored a touchdown. He was nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week three times, winning the award in Weeks 12, 14 and 17.
Clinton Portis, Denver RB
Portis rushed for an NFL fourth-best 1,508 yards on 273 carries for an NFL-high 5.5 yards per carry average, while scoring an NFL third-best (non-kickers) 102 points on 17 touchdowns. His touchdown total ties for the third most ever by a rookie. His 1,508 yards rushing rank fifth all-time for an NFL rookie rusher. Portis rushed for 15 scores and caught 33 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns. Portis rushed for an NFL season-high 228 yards in Week 17. Portis was nominated nine times for Pepsi Rookie of the Week, winning the award in Week 15.
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants TE
Shockey led all NFL tight ends with 74 receptions and 894 receiving yards, while breaking the New York Giants records in both receptions and receiving yards by a player in that position. Shockey also finished second all-time among rookie tight ends in both receptions (Keith Jackson, 81 in 1988) and receiving yards (Mike Ditka, 1,076 in 1961). Shockey was nominated five times for Pepsi Rookie of the Week, winning the award in Weeks 11 and 16.