The Green Bay Packers have an Associated Press Rookie of the Year award winner for the first time since 1972. Running back Eddie Lacy was selected as the winner of this year's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, edging out the Chargers' Keenan Allen and the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson for the award. The NFL announced the award on Twitter this evening.
Lacy led all rookies with 1,178 rushing yards, 1,435 yards from scrimmage, and 11 total touchdowns, and set Packers rookie records in rushing yards and touchdowns as well. Furthermore, he did so with a punishing rushing style and earned praise for not only his production, but the way he earned every yard.
The Packers previously had AP Rookies of the Year in cornerback Willie Buchanon, who won the Defensive award in 1972, and running back John Brockington who won the Offensive award in 1971.
Lacy can add this trophy to his list of individual accolades, which includes this year's Rookie of the Year award from the Pro Football Writers of America and a spot in the Pro Bowl.
Here, one more time, is an example of Lacy doing what Lacy did best this season: