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Richardson up for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie Award

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Browns running back Trent Richardson has been nominated for the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week Award, the league announced Tuesday morning.

Running back TRENT RICHARDSON of the Cleveland Browns, quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts, running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins and quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL of the Miami Dolphins are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 22-26, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to determine the PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

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.

A closer look at the finalists:

* Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson picked up 85 yards on 29 carries and scored one touchdown in the Browns 20-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

* Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 20 of 28 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins’ 38-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

* Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton caught three passes for 33 yards and one touchdown as well as returning four punts for 111 total yards, which included a 75-yard return for a score in the Colts’ 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

* Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris gained 113 yards on 24 carries and scored once in the Redskins’ 38-31 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

* Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown as the Dolphins beat the Seahawks 24-21.

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.