Wilson was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were cornerback Leonard Johnson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, punter Johnny Hekker of the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and wide receiver Jarius Wright of the Minnesota Vikings.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual "NFL Honors" awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
This is Pepsi's eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
PEPSI ROOKIE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Leonard Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnson intercepted a pass for the third consecutive game and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 34-24 win vs. the San Diego Chargers. Johnson added five tackles, including one for loss, and one special teams tackle.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Johnny Hekker, St. Louis Rams
Hekker was successful on two fake punts, one of which converted a fourth-and-8 on a late fourth-quarter drive which put the Rams ahead. He also had four punts in the game, downing one inside the opponent's 20-yard line. The game ended in a tie to the San Francisco 49ers, 24-24.