This was one of the craziest years in NFL history, especially for rookies. Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson were all outstanding in their first seasons as professional football players and each led their team to the playoffs. However, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris also had a phenomenal rookie year and he continues to get overlooked.
Last week his teammate, RGIII, won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while Luck came in second and Wilson finished third. The three quarterbacks took up all the first place votes, meaning Morris, the NFL’s second leading rusher last season, got zero. Morris ran for a franchise record 1,613 yards, and 13 touchdowns, yet he can’t get any votes for Offensive Rookie of the Year? I know the quarterbacks usually get all the love but I don’t know what more Morris could have done to gain some respect.
I understand it was an unusual year for rookies and there have never been three rookie quarterbacks who have achieved so much but Morris had just as an amazing season as the QBs did. Of course, it didn’t help that Griffin is his teammate and he garnered more attention than Morris but the running back had just as much to do with Griffin’s success as Griffin did for Morris’. There is no way RGIII would have been able to run for as many yards as he did without the threat of Morris in the backfield with him, and vice versa. Some people want to make it all about Griffin and nothing could be further from the truth; they made each other great. It may have been the best rookie tandem in NFL history and even though Griffin was great all season, so was Morris.
There is no doubt that rookie quarterbacks had sensational seasons in 2012, but let’s also not forget another rookie who shined just as brightly, Alfred Morris.
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