TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jameis Winton has a brand new addition for his trophy case.
While attending Super Bowl festivities in Santa Clara, Calif., Winston was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on Friday after a fan vote.
The former Florida State quarterback threw for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns while leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 6-10 record. The Bucs finished 2-14 a year ago.
“The fans are what makes our sport so great,” Winston told the Tampa Bay Times, “and getting this kind of recognition based on their votes is very special to me.”
Since 2013, his first year as a starter at FSU, Winston has won the Heisman Trophy and a BCS national championship, appeared in the first ever College Football Playoff semifinal game, became the first former Seminole selected with No. 1 overall pick of the NFL draft and earned a spot in last week’s Pro Bowl.
As a rookie in Tampa Bay, Winston set franchise rookie records for passing yardage and touchdowns and earned NFL Rookie of the Week honors on three separate occasions. He’s also one of just two rookies to throw five touchdowns and no interceptions in a single game.
Winston beat out four other rookie finalists. Rams running back Todd Gurley, Raiders receiver Amari Cooper, Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett and Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters were the others.