Griffin III was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com/rookies. The other finalists were wide receiver Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard of the New England Patriots, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts and running back Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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.