We referenced in this blog entry from yesterday the significant contribution the Vikings 2009 draft class had during the regular season. All 5 players made the 53-man roster coming out of training camp and then each of the 5 started at least 1 game during the regular season.
Now one player in that 5-member 2009 draft class has been named the AP’s Offensive Rookie of the Year – WR Percy Harvin. The dynamic playmaker was an overwhelming choice as he received 41 of a possible 50 votes; Baltimore Ravens rookie T Michael Oher was 2nd in voting with 6 votes.
Harvin, the 22nd overall pick last April, took the league by storm in 2009, quickly demonstrating his ability to transfer the play-making ability and explosiveness he possessed in college to the NFL level. Harvin played in 15 games during the regular season and in that time set a new Vikings record for all-purpose yards (2,081), breaking RB Adrian Peterson’s record.
The elusive and speedy WR tied for the NFL rookie lead in receptions with 60 and had 790 yards and 6 TDs to go along with the receptions. He also rushed 15 times for 135 yards to set a Vikings franchise record for rushing yards by a WR.
Harvin was just as effective in the return game as he was on offense, returning 42 kickoffs for 1,156 yards and 2 TDs, becoming the 1st Viking to ever record 2 kickoff return TDs in a season and in a career.
Earlier in the week, Harvin was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster as a returner.
Harvin is the 6th Vikings player to win the award, joining Peterson, Randy Moss (1998), Sammy White (1976), Chuck Foreman (1973) and Paul Flatley (1963).
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin
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