Since 1967, the Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to National Football League players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. These two are often regarded as the "official" awards. However, the league recognizes multiple other awarding agencies including, but not limited to, The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Diet Pepsi.

AP Offensive Rookies of the YearEdit

= Pro Bowler [1] = Hall of Famer

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Season Player Team Position College Pick #
1967 Farr, MelMel Farr Detroit Lions Running back UCLA 7
1968 McCullouch, EarlEarl McCullouch Detroit Lions Wide receiver USC 24
1969 Hill, CalvinCalvin Hill Dallas Cowboys Running back Yale 24
1970 Shaw, DennisDennis Shaw Buffalo Bills Quarterback San Diego State 30
1971 Brockington, JohnJohn Brockington Green Bay Packers Running back Ohio State 9
1972 Harris, FrancoFranco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers Running back Penn State 13
1973 Foreman, ChuckChuck Foreman Minnesota Vikings Running back Miami 12
1974 Don Woods San Diego Chargers Running back New Mexico 134
1975 Mike Thomas Washington Redskins Running back UNLV 108
1976 Sammy White Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver Grambling State 54
1977 Dorsett, TonyTony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys Running back Pittsburgh 2
1978 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Running back Texas 1
1979 Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals Running back Miami 8
1980 Billy Sims Detroit Lions Running back Oklahoma 1
1981 George Rogers New Orleans Saints Running back South Carolina 1
1982 Marcus Allen Los Angeles Raiders Running back USC 10
1983 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams Running back Southern Methodist 2
1984 Louis Lipps Pittsburgh Steelers Wide receiver Southern Mississippi 23
1985 Eddie Brown Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver Miami 13
1986 Rueben Mayes New Orleans Saints Running back Washington State 57
1987 Troy Stradford Miami Dolphins Running back Boston College 99
1988 John Stephens New England Patriots Running back Northwestern State 17
1989 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions Running back Oklahoma State 3
1990 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys Running back Florida 17
1991 Leonard Russell New England Patriots Running back Arizona State 14
1992 Carl Pickens Cincinnati Bengals Wide receiver Tennessee 31
1993 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams Running back Notre Dame 10
1994 Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts Running back San Diego State 2
1995 Curtis Martin New England Patriots Running back Pittsburgh 74
1996 Eddie George Houston Oilers Running back Ohio State 14
1997 Warrick Dunn Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back Florida State 12
1998 Randy Moss Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver Marshall 21
1999 Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts Running back Miami 4
2000 Mike Anderson Denver Broncos Running back Utah 189
2001 Anthony Thomas Chicago Bears Running back Michigan 38
2002 Clinton Portis Denver Broncos Running back Miami 51
2003 Anquan Boldin Arizona Cardinals Wide receiver Florida State 54
2004 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Miami (Ohio) 11
2005 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running back Auburn 5
2006 Vince Young Tennessee Titans Quarterback Texas 3
2007 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings Running back Oklahoma 7
2008 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Boston College 3
2009 Percy Harvin Minnesota Vikings Wide receiver Florida 22
2010 Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams Quarterback Oklahoma 1
2011 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Quarterback Auburn 1

AP Defensive Rookies of the YearEdit

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Season Player Team Position College Pick #
1967 Lem Barney Detroit Lions Cornerback Jackson State 34
1968 Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons Defensive end Tennessee State 3
1969 Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive tackle North Texas State 4
1970 Bruce Taylor San Francisco 49ers Cornerback Boston University 17
1971 Isiah Robertson Los Angeles Rams Linebacker Southern 10
1972 Willie Buchanon Green Bay Packers Cornerback San Diego State 7
1973 Wally Chambers Chicago Bears Defensive tackle Eastern Kentucky 8
1974 Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Kent State 46
1975 Robert Brazile Houston Oilers Linebacker Jackson State 6
1976 Mike Haynes New England Patriots Cornerback Arizona State 5
1977 A.J. Duhe Miami Dolphins Defensive end LSU 13
1978 Al Baker Detroit Lions Defensive end Colorado State 40
1979 Jim Haslett Buffalo Bills Linebacker IUP 51
1980 Buddy Curry co-winner Atlanta Falcons Linebacker UNC 36
1980 Al Richardson co-winner Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Georgia Tech 201
1981 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Linebacker UNC 2
1982 Chip Banks Cleveland Browns Linebacker USC 3
1983 Vernon Leroy Maxwell Baltimore Colts Linebacker Arizona State 29
1984 Bill Maas Kansas City Chiefs Defensive tackle Pittsburgh 5
1985 Duane Bickett Indianapolis Colts Linebacker USC 5
1986 Leslie O'Neal San Diego Chargers Defensive end Oklahoma State 8
1987 Shane Conlan Buffalo Bills Linebacker Penn State 8
1988 Erik McMillan New York Jets Safety Missouri 63
1989 Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker Alabama 4
1990 Mark Carrier Chicago Bears Safety USC 6
1991 Mike Croel Denver Broncos Linebacker Nebraska 4
1992 Dale Carter Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback Tennessee 20
1993 Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers Defensive tackle Kansas 26
1994 Tim Bowens Miami Dolphins Defensive tackle Ole Miss 20
1995 Hugh Douglas New York Jets Defensive end Central State 66
1996 Simeon Rice Arizona Cardinals Defensive end Illinois 3
1997 Peter Boulware Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Florida State 4
1998 Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders Cornerback Michigan 4
1999 Jevon Kearse Tennessee Titans Defensive end Florida 16
2000 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears Linebacker New Mexico 9
2001 Kendrell Bell Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Georgia 39
2002 Julius Peppers Carolina Panthers Defensive end UNC 2
2003 Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Arizona State 10
2004 Jonathan Vilma New York Jets Linebacker Miami 12
2005 Shawne Merriman San Diego Chargers Linebacker Maryland 12
2006 DeMeco Ryans Houston Texans Linebacker Alabama 33
2007 Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Ole Miss 11
2008 Jerod Mayo New England Patriots Linebacker Tennessee 10
2009 Brian Cushing Houston Texans Linebacker USC 15
2010 Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions Defensive tackle Nebraska 2
2011 Von Miller Denver Broncos Linebacker Texas A&M 2


See alsoEdit


  1. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.

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