Rookie quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco are attempting to do something rarer than a 2,000-yard rushing season.
While sitting at our production meeting for Thursday night’s three-hour NFL Network pregame show, our ace researcher, George “Puddin’ Pie” Li, came up with this beauty:
In NFL history, only two quarterbacks have won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
The first was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the other was Titans quarterback Vince Young.
But nobody else — not Dan Marino, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning, not any of them — ever won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Ryan might be the leader this year, Titans running back Chris Johnson is not far behind, and Flacco is in the discussion. But generally speaking, rookie quarterbacks don’t come away with rookie of the year.