Another member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team has missed out on postseason recognition in the form of an award. First, head coach Raheem Morris missed out on the AP Coach of the Year award, and now WR Mike Williams has missed out on the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. The hardware was handed off this afternoon to Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh.
Suh was the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft and had a spectacular rookie season, logging 66 tackles and 10 sacks.
In addition to Suh and Williams, other players nominated for the award were New England Patriots CB Devin McCourty, Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden and St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford.
I was a bit surprised that Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford did not win the award. Suh is the first rookie defensive player to win this award since it’s creation 9 seasons ago. I would have thought that Bradford would have carried the voting based on the fact that with Bradford under center, the rams won more games this season than they had won in the last four seasons combined.
All in all, it was a record setting season for Mike Williams, and the only post season hardware the Buccaneers should be worried about collecting is the eventual one that is awarded the last Sunday of the NFL football season.