Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was named the National Football League Rookie of the Year, earning bragging rights and a contract notch in his belt by edging out San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen and Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard.
Lacy was certainly deserving of the award as he not only churned out more than 1,100 yards on the ground and another 257 through the air, but he literally carried the entire team on his back through a rough stretch in November when they didn’t win a game and into December when he helped lead the Packers to two improbable wins to set them up for a third straight NFC North Division title.
In all, Lacy started 15 games, missing one because of the concussion he received on the first play of the home opener against the Washington Redskins. In those 15 games he gained a total of 1,178 yards on the ground for a 4.1-yard average. He scored 11 times – all of them coming on the ground. The bulk of those yards came with teams loading the box with eight or nine players. And to cap it off, he played the final stretch of games with a sprained ankle that slowed him considerably.
Lacy quickly became known across the league for his quick feet, his spin move and his bull power. His highlight films are filled with him running over would-be tacklers and how many times did Lacy simply refuse to go down to the ground with the whistle blowing while five or six tacklers tried to take his feet out?
While both Allen and Bernard had breakout years themselves, Lacy took it a step further.
And that’s why he’s the NFL’s brightest young star.
Way to go, Eddie!