During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the NFL announces their regular season awards. One night, it is the Offensive Player of the Year of the Year. The night of the Super Bowl, the MVP. Every night has its own distinct award given out.
Last night, the Rookies of the year were given out, announced live on NFL Network. And, to no ones surprise, the award were given to the star players of up-and-coming teams, and both, were drafted #1 and #2 in the 2010 NFL Draft..
Ndamukong Suh took home the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The outstanding defensive lineman controlled the middle for the Detroit Lions, who went 0-16 last season. The #2 pick in draft was able to make an instant impact in the defense, helping the Lions rebound to finish 6-10.
The winner of the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and also not a surprise, was Sam Bradford, the top overall pick in the Draft.
Bradford took every snap for the Rams during the 2010 season. He lead the Rams for a 7-9 finish (after the Rams finished 1-15 last year), and was one game away from playing in playoffs, after suffering a loss to Seahawks in the last game of the year.
And for Sam Bradford, this will be the first of many awards he will have.
After winning the Heisman Trophy his junior year, he decided to go back to Oklahoma for his senior year, and have a shot at the BCS Championship. But his senior finished early, with a devestating shoulder injury against BYU in the first game, and sufered another shoulder injury, requiring surgery, in a game against conference-rival Texas.
So going into the draft, his durability was a big question mark. Everyone saw his arm, and mechanics, and loved them. That shoulder was the only issue. But the Rams took the chance, and drafted him #1 in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Think they are regretting that?
With a new offensive coordinator in Josh McDaniels, who has shown he can work well developing quarterbacks (Tom Brady and Matt Cassel to name a few), the sky is the limit for the rookie phenom. And with a healthy, veteran, receiving corps, and a strong running back in Stephen Jackson, Bradford is looking to avoid the dreaded ‘sophomore slump,’ and grown into one the elite quarterbacks.
This Offensive Rookie of the year award will be the first of many awards and trophies, for the already decorated Sam Bradford.
If I was a Rams fan (like my friend TJ), I would be ecstatic. It looks like a bright horizon for the fans of St. Louis.
I will leave you with one thought. In 2007, another Oklahoma player had a durability question mark by his name, after suffering a broken collerbone.
Can you guess who that was?
“With the 7th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select…Adrian Peterson, Running back, from Oklahoma.”