Percy Harvin wins the offensive rookie of the year award

To little surprise, Vikings receiver and kick returner Percy Harvin has been named the Associated Press offensive rookie of the year.

Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Harvin picked up 41 of 50 votes.  Six votes went to Ravens tackle Michael Oher.

The other three votes were shared by Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, and Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.

Somewhat surprisingly, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez received none.

Harvin has battled a shoulder injury and a series of migraine headaches during his first NFL season.  He finished the year with 60 catches for 790 yards and six touchdowns, and he returned two kickoffs for scores.

With 135 yards rushing, Harvin broke the franchise’s single-season record for all-purpose yards, with 2,081.

Asked earlier in the week about the possibility of winning the award, Harvin expressed the kind of maturity that many rookies don’t possess.  “I’ve always said since the beginning of the year to win that award and not win the championship is a failure,” Harvin told the Star Tribune.

It’s been a good few days for Harvins.  On Monday, he was added to the Pro Bowl roster as a kick returner.

He’s the sixth Vikings player to win the award, joining Adrian Peterson, Randy Moss, Sammy White, Chuck Foreman, and Paul Flatley.

And now Harvin is hoping to be the first of those seven men to couple that award with a Super Bowl title.

48 responses to “Percy Harvin wins the offensive rookie of the year award

  1. Looks like 60 catches and 7 TDs are not worth a single vote, but 55 catches and 4 TDs and 39 catches and 6 TDs and an average rookie season by Moreno and a movie by Oher are worth a vote.

  2. Why would anyone vote for Sanchez, whose team won in spite of his performance all season long? Just because you start as a rookie does not make you a ROY candidate – even if you are a quarterback who routinely passes for less than 150 yards a game and often hits opposing players with passes with great regularity.

  3. The vote is a joke. Oher was by far the best rookie this year. But Harvin plays with Favre and had a handful of good games. Meanwhile Oher had a pro bowl caliber year but plays OL. These votes are a joke and get worse by the year.

  4. Congrats, Percy!
    You were in a class all by yourself… Hell, I don’t even know who those other guys are.
    Favre makes everyone better.
    Thanks Brett!
    Love,
    Viking fans worldwide!
    Nothings gonna stop us now. – Starship

  5. Tyler, you are not including Harvin’s special teams play…. he is an amazing return man. Last I checked, Maclin and Wallace aren’t returning kicks.

  6. Percy clearly was the best rookie this year. Over 2,000 all-purpose yards is the most since Tim Brown in the late 80’s. There is a reason why this award was won in a landslide.

  7. Re: Looks like 60 catches and 7 TDs are not worth a single vote, but 55 catches and 4 TDs and 39 catches and 6 TDs and an average rookie season by Moreno and a movie by Oher are worth a vote.
    Of course, don’t you know, that was due to Peyton. Austin had nothing to do with it…

  8. thinkkaz says:
    January 6, 2010 9:27 AM
    The vote is a joke. Oher was by far the best rookie this year. But Harvin plays with Favre and had a handful of good games. Meanwhile Oher had a pro bowl caliber year but plays OL. These votes are a joke and get worse by the year
    ==================================
    The joke is that anyone would vote an Ol for offensive ROY.
    The bigger joke is that you are complaining about it. Harvin is the PB also.
    41 votes means a majority saw that he was head and shoulders above everyone.
    You must be a Packer fan.

  9. @thinkkaz – the Favre factor is only part of the equation as Harvin was incredibly valuable from a special teams perspective, which has nothing to do with Favre. Besides, saying someone doesn’t deserve an award because the people backing him up are good is just ludicrous. This is how you sound:
    “That running back doesn’t deserve the ROY award because the offensive line made him look good! These votes are a joke!”
    “That wide receiver doesn’t deserve the ROY award because his QB made him look good! These votes are a joke!”
    Do you just expect the people backing these players up to just LAY DOWN or something and see if that rookie can do it all on his own? I think you’re the joke here.

  10. thinkkaz,
    How are you judging an O lineman? I doubt you’re a coach or someone who can fully evaluate an O lineman correctly. Simply because you’re a bitter Baltimore fan is no reason to get on and hate on someone else’s great season.
    And oh yeah, Percy Harvin’s going to the pro bowl…not sure if you heard…

  11. While Harvin, Maclin, Moreno, and Wallace were all flashy, the award should have gone to somebody who was the best rookie for the year – it was not among that group.
    While I hate the Ravens (Browns fan), Oher was incredibly impressive throughout the year and deserved a little more credit.
    Also, and this may be bias showing, but Alex Mack was downright dominant as well. He played every offensive snap, allowed 1/4 sack all the while dealing with the top DTs and NTs in the game (with a few exceptions). After a few early season snapping issues, he was a dominant run and pass blocker. However, playing center and playing for a 5 – 11 team tends to push you out of peoples’ minds.
    While Harvin was great, give credit to the OL – Oher and Mack.

  12. Vikes fan, so I am biased because I saw every game:
    With that said, I love the fact Mike Wallace was involved, he is going to be one hell of a player. I may be wrong but I heard somewhere Oher didn’t give up a sack this season, that is worthy as well. But Percy is the reason we have a bye in the first round, without which we would have absolutely NO chance of making the super bowl. I know this can be said about a lot of players but he is responsible for at least two wins this year, absolutely responsible for the win at Lambeau, and almost responsible for the Steelers game had we come through. He put up great numbers and missed a few games.

  13. Personally, I thought all five finalists were deserving. They all played at a high level this year.

  14. Cograts Percy! You the man. Oher is a very good rookie tackle but lets get real….2,081 all purpose yards is unbelievable. Percy is a big key in the Vikings success. thinkkaz, Oher’s impact didn’t even come close,quit being a blindsided homer!

  15. No surprise. Percy Harvin was the front-runner going into the season and lived up to expectations. A dynamic kick returner, an excellent receiver from the slot, and explosive in the running game, though underutilized (he averaged 9.0 yards a carry).
    Plus he was one of the best kick returners, as proven by his Pro Bowl selection.
    I was surprised at his toughness, especially considering his migrane situation and shoulder injury.
    As far as the mystery receiver with 60 catches/7 TDs. There’s more than stats involved. It’s what they do to elevate a team. Even Johnny Knox had a very good statistical season fro a rookie WR, but the Bears were pretty much the same team with or without him. That’s why I was surprised Mike Wallace received a ROY vote (my guess is it was from the Pittsburg area voter).
    As far as Macklin, he showed a lack of courage vs. the Cowboys when he refused to even look for the ball in the end zone, instead focusing on a the safety who was going to hit him. Anyone can catch passes when they’re open (except Darious Heyward-Bey). You have to show toughness to earn respect in the NFL.

  16. I just figured out who the 60 catches and 7 TDs rookie is. It’s Austin Collie.
    Really? Come on. If it the Colts didn’t have Austin Collie, anyone else would have had similar stats with Peyton throwing the ball and playing in the Colts system.
    If the Vikings didn’t have Percy Harvin, you can’t say someone else would have had similar impact. Another WR may have had many of those catches, but not the total impact that Harvin had on the Vikings.

  17. He was a missing piece of the puzzle during the vikings slide near the end of the season, out with migraine headaches. There were a lot of good candidates, could have flipped a coin and got it right either way.

  18. Seriosly, Vike fans are annoying, but this vote was definatly right on the money. Harvin has been great for them.
    Oher has been good too. He switched back and forth between R and L tackle all seson long and did a helluva good job at both!

  19. Bob Loblaw says:
    January 6, 2010 9:57 AM
    I just figured out who the 60 catches and 7 TDs rookie is. It’s Austin Collie.
    Really? Come on. If it the Colts didn’t have Austin Collie, anyone else would have had similar stats with Peyton throwing the ball and playing in the Colts system.
    Ummm… if you look up, you’ll see that I predicted some yahoo would say exactly what you said…

  20. Favre has nothing to do with him winning ROY. He did it with good hands, a tremendous burst, great route running, and outrageous kr abilities. He is Favre’s fave 3rd down target for a reason. P is like Wes Welker minus 2 tenths of a 40 yard dash. He will be a pro bowler every year as long as he stays healthy. (oh yea wasn’t this kid supposed to be a bust, or a troublemaker?) lmao.. Looks like the Vikings got the last laugh..Steal of the draft, should have been the 1st receiver taken, if not 2nd at least

  21. 2000+ yards by a rookie = landside victory
    This kid is the most impressive offensive rookie since All Day. If he gets his migraines under control so he doesn’t miss practice and games at all you are looking at one of the future’s elite offensive weapons.
    Rice, All Day, and Harvin. Are you kidding me? Now we just need a QB. For the future, that is. Present we are set.

  22. Harvin, Maclin, Wallace, Nicks, Britt, Collie, Knox and Crabtree (even with the late start) had very good rookie years, especially considering wide-outs don’t typically fair all that well in their first years. And to that testament I give you Heyward-Bey (otherwise known as the first WR taken in the 2009 draft) 9 receptions – 124 yards & 1 TD – OUCH!!
    Congrats Percy, not only for a very productive season, but for proving so many wrong about your character. Now keep it up!

  23. Good year Percy, now if you can wipe that vagina clean and stop crying about headaches-you’ll actually be a top 10 player in this league. I’d love to have him on GB, if I could get him to take some Excedrin Migrane. Can’t believe Favre doesn’t give him Vicodin (or HGH). Nevermind……..I guess favre doesn’t do that….ha.

  24. Harvin is not really impressive as a receiver. Hakeem Nicks played in one less game, started 2 lwss games, had 13 less receptions yet finished with the same amount of receiving yards and touchdowns.
    Take the flash out and Oher should have won.

  25. Mike Wallace is playing as a #3 receiver behind Holmes and Ward and his receiving numbers are almost identical to Harvin’s. That’s exactly why he should be considered a ROTY candidate. What boggles my mind is how he only got 1 vote when he averages close to 20 yds/catch

  26. Awesome News !
    But like you mentioned , it wasn’t much of a surprise. I would of loved to see Favre have a guy like Harvin when he played in Green Bay. If Favre can make a guy like Driver look good just imagine how well they would of done with a Harvin.

  27. Vikings fans should give some big credit to the Vikings staff when it comes to drafting.To the scouts,Chilly and Spielman and ownership.Look at some of their work in the past few years:
    2006 Chad Greenway at 17, a solid linebacker. Just made Howie Longs # 1 hidden gem player of the NFL list
    2007 AD at 7th pick. Some thought his injuries made him a risk. We went with it, got ROY player and NFL superstar.
    2007 Sidney Rice at 44th overall. Rice is a jumping machine,don’t think any NFL defender can cover him on the jump ball. Has become a true NFL star receiver this year.
    2009 Percy at 22 pick. Character issues.We didn’t think so. Got ROY and I’ll say it again,a NFL star who can beat you many ways,a true talent.
    Phil Loadholt at 54 pick. We had the brains to not bite on Oher at first round and took a starting tackle who is solid and improving all the time.
    Vikings fans have to be really pleased with our draft staff, they are playing at a very high level.

  28. Harvin would make a great #2 next to Hakeem Nicks, the best rookie receiver on the field this season.

  29. AR12isBetter says:
    January 6, 2010 10:27 AM
    Good year Percy, now if you can wipe that vagina clean and stop crying about headaches-you’ll actually be a top 10 player in this league. I’d love to have him on GB, if I could get him to take some Excedrin Migrane. Can’t believe Favre doesn’t give him Vicodin (or HGH). Nevermind……..I guess favre doesn’t do that….ha
    I love how you laugh at your own joke….Are you already drinking or still drunk from last night you inbred sconnie piece of trash. Tell your sister to get back in her own bed on the other side of the double wide. Let me guess 5’10, 230? No job and no future? Just another dirty sconnie liberal hippie. Hopefully the Packers can beat the Cards and the Eagles win, then the Pack can get torched by Percy again. You do remember the last game? Averaged about 50 a return? I’m sure you’d rather have Jordy Nelson. Also for everyone who hasn’t seen it you have to check out Erin Rodgers’ Fox sports special! He sits on the beach playing the guitar and says the best words to describe him are “hopeless romantic”. Priceless. This homo is a perfect fit for Dane County.

  30. Emoney says:
    Congrats Percy. You’re one hell of a player.
    Sincerely,
    A Packer fan
    ____________________________________
    I second that. I was really afraid Sanchez would get it. Harvin was the better choice by far. Congrats Percy, well deserved.

  31. “Somewhat surprisingly, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez received none.”
    It will be interesting to see how many journalism awards PFT picks up this year. PFT often belittles the people who have spent most of their adult life working to get where they are- to be an object of score by an ex-lawyer.
    Florio has done a amazing job making PFT a household name in the NFL world, but it still the equivelant of fan-based talk radio.

  32. ROY for offense is a lot like the Heisman trophy — it seems to always go to the skill players. They should almost have some sort of Outland-type trophy for the rookie O-linemen so they get a shot.
    Nonetheless, Harvin clearly deserved the award. I only saw Oher play 5 games, and he was good, but didn’t really stand out (to the extent an O-lineman stands out I guess). When they played the Vikings our D-linemen were consistently getting by him and they gave him quite a bit of help, not to mention the fact that he acted like a lippy jackass during and after the game. You gotta wonder how much the movie hype impacts his popularity.

  33. I love seeing people compare Harvin’s stats to those of Nicks, Wallace, Maclin, Collie, or whoever else. Every time they do, they conveniently forget that Harvin has also been a very successful KR this season, which can’t be said about any of the other rookie WRs mentioned. If Harvin only ran routes and caught balls like the aforementioned WRs, then sure…maybe he wouldn’t have been in the running for OROTY. But, as has been mentioned by some others, his KR stats were good enough to secure him a spot in the Pro Bowl and he also made a solid contribution to the running game as well, though as someone mentioned he was grossly underutilized. No one else in the league was as productive on the offensive side of the ball, regardless of position.
    I can’t believe how ignorant some people are to even attempt to dispute the fact that Percy Harvin was the Offensive Rookie of the Year. To say he wasn’t the best offensive rookie in the NFL is laughable at best.

  34. Um, hello. Hakeem Nicks. most receiving yardage for any rookie with just as many TD’s as Maclin and Wallace. (Wallace and Maclin get a vote and Nicks doesn’t!?!?!) what a joke!

  35. And to think Percy Harvin was having Migraines as well. Also teams stoppped kicking to him in the last third/quarter of the season. Imagine if they kept at? Maybe 2 more kick returns for tds and even more yardage.
    The guy is unbelieveable. AP in 07, Harvin in 09. The Vikings are doing something right looking for talent at the combine and draft day.
    Way to go Percy!

  36. I wasn’t saying Harvin didn’t deserve it because Favre was on his team. i was saying it was swayed in Harvin’s direction because of the national love fest with Brett. Harvin did have a good year, not disputing that, but Oher was simply better. Each week he played an integral role and succeeded. Harvin had a handful of outstanding games, but there were many more games where he was a non-factor.
    But that is what happens when writers vote on awards. They don’t watch many games outside of their own beats. But when they turn on highlights they never see an OL, they only see skill positions. Again, Harvin had a good rookie year but he wasn’t the best offensive rookie. I know it’s hard for some people to wrap their heads around this, but sometimes you need to realize you’re not doing proper evaluations. remember these are reporters voting and really all they watch are highlights as well.

  37. Vikings fan here, am happy with the award but am surprised that they include mention of KR/ PR as being part of the offense. Isn’t that considered special teams? Does Cribbs get credit for his special teams effort when looking at defensive player of year award?
    Harvin had a great year as a rookie WR as a third year receiver for the Vikings. I am surprised Hicks from the giants didn’t get a vote. He was a game changer for them. Better then Manningham.

  38. thinkkaz says: January 6, 2010 3:42 PM
    I wasn’t saying Harvin didn’t deserve it because Favre was on his team. i was saying it was swayed in Harvin’s direction because of the national love fest with Brett. Harvin did have a good year, not disputing that, but Oher was simply better. Each week he played an integral role and succeeded. Harvin had a handful of outstanding games, but there were many more games where he was a non-factor.
    But that is what happens when writers vote on awards. They don’t watch many games outside of their own beats. But when they turn on highlights they never see an OL, they only see skill positions. Again, Harvin had a good rookie year but he wasn’t the best offensive rookie. I know it’s hard for some people to wrap their heads around this, but sometimes you need to realize you’re not doing proper evaluations. remember these are reporters voting and really all they watch are highlights as well.
    ____________________
    This is funny. Oher is a helluva player, no question. But you’re showing blatant homerism (not to mention hypocrisy) by saying he was simply better than Harvin. The hypocrisy comes from you calling out the voting press by saying they only watch their local team’s games and highlights of the NFL, yet I highly doubt you’ve seen all of what Harvin accomplished this season before “properly evaluating” him. That’s obvious when you say he only had “a handful of outstanding games.” (On a side note, how many of Oher’s performances were “outstanding” or otherwise highlight worthy? Hmmm.) I will be the first to admit I haven’t watched all of Oher’s games, however I’m smart enough to know he couldn’t possibly have, and quite frankly didn’t have, the offensive impact that Harvin (or any of the aforementioned WRs for that matter) had this season.
    To educate yourself on what Harvin accomplished in his rookie season (through only the first week of December), check out this HD video:

    And then try to explain how Oher or anyone else was more electric, explosive, or effective…and a more deserving recipient of the OROTY award.

  39. thinkkaz says: January 6, 2010 3:42 PM
    I wasn’t saying Harvin didn’t deserve it because Favre was on his team. i was saying it was swayed in Harvin’s direction because of the national love fest with Brett. Harvin did have a good year, not disputing that, but Oher was simply better. Each week he played an integral role and succeeded. Harvin had a handful of outstanding games, but there were many more games where he was a non-factor.
    But that is what happens when writers vote on awards. They don’t watch many games outside of their own beats. But when they turn on highlights they never see an OL, they only see skill positions. Again, Harvin had a good rookie year but he wasn’t the best offensive rookie. I know it’s hard for some people to wrap their heads around this, but sometimes you need to realize you’re not doing proper evaluations. remember these are reporters voting and really all they watch are highlights as well.
    ____________________
    This is funny. Oher is a helluva player, no question. But you’re showing blatant homerism (not to mention hypocrisy) by saying he was simply better than Harvin. The hypocrisy comes from you calling out the voting press by saying they only watch their local team’s games and highlights of the NFL, yet I highly doubt you’ve seen all of what Harvin accomplished this season before “properly evaluating” him. That’s obvious when you say he only had “a handful of outstanding games.” (On a side note, how many of Oher’s performances were “outstanding” or otherwise highlight worthy? Hmmm.) I will be the first to admit I haven’t watched all of Oher’s games, however I’m smart enough to know he couldn’t possibly have, and quite frankly didn’t have, the offensive impact that Harvin (or any of the aforementioned WRs for that matter) had this season.
    To educate yourself on what Harvin accomplished in his rookie season (through only the first week of December), check out this HD video:

    And then try to explain how Oher or anyone else was more electric, explosive, or effective…and a more deserving recipient of the OROTY award.

  40. It’s 1998 all over again in MM
    See any paralells?
    Old washed up QB (cunningham)
    A great stistical year
    A young deap threat reciever (moss)
    losing the championship game
    I’m sure the suicide hotline is adding call takes to get ready for the end of this season.

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