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El-Gonzo Jackson
01-06-2010, 10:10 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Little Phenom is the NFL's top offensive rookie.

Percy Harvin used his versatility and intelligence to win The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver/kick returner ran away with the balloting the same way he outran defenses and special teams this season. Harvin received 41 votes Wednesday from the nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Baltimore tackle Michael Oher was second with six votes.

The 22nd overall draft pick out of Florida, Harvin had 60 receptions for 790 yards and six touchdowns; rushed 15 times for 135 yards; and returned 42 kickoffs for 1,156 yards (27.5 per) and two touchdowns, one covering 101 yards.

He tied with the Colts' Austin Collie for most catches by a rookie and set Minnesota's single-season franchise record for all-purpose yardage with 2,081.

"I call him Little Phenom," said teammate Adrian Peterson, the 2007 Offensive Rookie of the Year. "He's got the heart of a lion when he's out there playing."

He's also got the confidence of his entire team, including a 40-year-old quarterback who demands excellence.

"I think Percy's on his way to a league of his own," Brett Favre said. "He's quick like Wes Welker. He's got a long ways to go to be in the same category with Wes, but at the rate he's going he's a dominant force in a lot of ways."

Precisely the reason Harvin dominated the voting and was added to the Pro Bowl this week.

He missed one game in December with migraine headaches, about the only thing that slowed him. He had six catches for 101 yards and a TD against Chicago, and scored on kick runbacks against Pittsburgh (88 yards) and San Francisco (101).

"I came in with 'I'm ready for anything, I'm expecting anything,' so nothing surprised me. I'm pretty good on that end," Harvin said.

There were some questions about how well Harvin, who left Florida after his junior season, would adjust to the NFL. It didn't take long for him to answer, catching his first pro TD pass in the opener at Cleveland, a 6-yarder from Favre that was followed by a celebratory tackle by the quarterback.

"I thought we were going to bump chests or something," Harvin said at the time. "He wasn't slowing down. I took it and we fell to the ground. It was a great feeling."

As was much of the season for the speedster, who helped Minnesota win the NFC North at 12-4 and earn a first-round playoff bye.

Teammates and coaches speak not only of his natural talent, but his football know-how.

"He's a smart player," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "Now he hasn't had all the reps in his background of just being a wide receiver as another guy may have had coming out of college, but he's a fast learner. He picks things up and he understands football."

That's a source of pride for the 21-year-old Harvin.

"Just how quickly I was able to adjust and learn the system," he said of meeting early NFL challenges. "Reading the coverages and things like that. I think I've been doing it fairly well at a quick time. So I'm impressed with that."

Harvin is the sixth Vikings player to win the award, joining Peterson, Randy Moss (1998), Sammy White (1976), Chuck Foreman (1973) and Paul Flatley (1963).

Also receiving votes this season were Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin, Denver running back Knowshon Moreno and Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace, each with one.


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tony hipchest
01-06-2010, 10:49 AM
this one was a no brainer.

brett favre.

im suprised mike wallace got a vote. good job!

RodWoodsonwasprettycool
01-06-2010, 11:17 AM
Hey Rev. wern't you calling him a bust in the making at the beginning of the year?:sofunny:

Nadroj 20
01-06-2010, 11:55 AM
I figured harvin would win it and i dont have a problem with it.

Doesnt keep me from wishing wallace would have won lol

revefsreleets
01-06-2010, 12:06 PM
Hey Rev. wern't you calling him a bust in the making at the beginning of the year?:sofunny:

I never doubted that he was talented....I'm MOST concerned about the thuggery issue. And he's just getting started. There could certainly be some coke binges and shot up titty bars at 3 AM in his future....

Let the first prognosticator who never misses a draft guess toss the first stone....

Psyychoward86
01-06-2010, 05:02 PM
Harvin was a shoe-in. Michael Oher should have been right up there with him, but realistically the thought process of these analysts basically prohibits non-skill position players from winning the award. Gratz to Harvin

RoethlisBURGHer
01-06-2010, 06:28 PM
Harvin had quite the season. No problem with this pick whatsoever.

Galax Steeler
01-07-2010, 04:07 AM
I think this should be no surprise for anyone. Wallace had a good year as well.

Angus Burgher
01-07-2010, 11:29 AM
Yeah, I can't say I didn't see this one coming. Congrats to him, and to Wallace, who at least got a vote for this.

Speaking of which, Mike at least one Rookie of the Week this week, I believe for the third time this season. Regarding that, I'd like to waive a middle finger at Rod Woodson who bitched about this last night on Total Access because he didn't think that Wallace's contributions were all that impressive. Fine Rod, I know that Wallace only had two catches in that game, but one of them was a huge deep ball TD that plenty of WRs in the NFL would drop. Also, its never cool to piss on your old team, Rod.

stillers4me
01-07-2010, 03:56 PM
MIke is saving it for superbowl mvp.

ricardisimo
01-09-2010, 03:20 PM
I never doubted that he was talented....I'm MOST concerned about the thuggery issue. And he's just getting started. There could certainly be some coke binges and shot up titty bars at 3 AM in his future....

Let the first prognosticator who never misses a draft guess toss the first stone....

That's me. I've never been wrong once.

Of course I've never actually made any predictions about any draft picks, but still, I've never been wrong.