Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who led all NFL rookies and set a club rookie record with 1,178 rushing yards, has been named the NFL's Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Lacy, a second-round pick out of Alabama, had 284 rushes and 11 touchdowns, both Green Bay rookie records. He was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for October after posting 395 yards on 97 attempts in the month and was the league's Offensive Player of the Week after a 141-yard effort at Dallas in Week 15.
Adding to his accomplishments, Lacy also had four 100-yard rushing efforts, which tied for the most among NFL rookies and tied for fifth among all players. Lacy's 11 rushing TDs were third overall in the NFL.
The Rookie of the Year distinction by the PFWA is not the award officially recognized by the NFL, which will be announced during the league's annual NFL Honors television awards show on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.
Lacy was the only Packers player to be honored by the NFLPA with neither offensive lineman David Bakhtiari nor punt returner Micah Hyde being named to the NFL's All-Rookie team.
The tackles on the All-Rookie team were D.J. Fluker of the San Diego Chargers and Justin Pugh of the New York Giants.
Tavon Austin of the St. Louis Rams was named as the All-Rookie team's punt returner, despite averaging 8.5 yards per return compared to Hyde's 12.3.
Hyde had 296 overall yards on 24 punt returns. Austin had 280 yards on 33 returns. Both had one touchdown.
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