Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle, as well as several other impressive first-year NFL players, as Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America's rookie of the year.
Of course, this isn't the rookie-of-the-year award. That one comes from the Associated Press and will be announced Feb. 2. But the PFW/PFWA honor can be viewed as a gauge as to how voters are thinking.
It's particularly interesting this year, given the expected close race between the trio of stellar rookie quarterbacks. In this case, the most votes went to Griffin, the No. 2 overall draft pick who led the Redskins to their first NFC East title since 1999. In the process, he set rookie records for highest touchdown-to-interception ratio (20 TDs vs. five picks), rushing yards for a quarterback (815) and passer rating (102.4).
Luck, who was drafted No. 1 overall, helped a Colts team that had won just two games the year before earn a wild-card berth into the playoffs. He also set records for most passing yards (4,374) and attempts (627) in a rookie season. But voters may have been scared off by his 18 interceptions and 76.5 passer rating.