The Associated Press handed out its yearly awards for the NFL season on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, and the results may shock some. The three biggest awards to be given out were handed to the offensive and defensive rookies of the year and then the coach of the year, and to be honest, none of them were even close.
Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in a landslide over two fellow rookie quarterbacks.
Griffin helped the Redskins win their first NFC East title in 13 years, and thrilled spectators with his skills through the air and on the ground. RG3 earned 29 of the votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover thew league. Andrew Luck of the Colts had 11 votes and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks received 10.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The first-round pick out of Boston College led the league with 164 tackles.
Kuechly earned 28 of the 50 votes, and that amount had Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner sitting a distant second with 11.
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Bruce Arians won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Coach of the Year award making him the first interim coach to ever win the top award. Arians took the Colts over in late September after head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and took time off for treatment.
Arians ended up going 9-3 during his time as interim head coach before Pagano returned to his position for the final game of the season and the wildcard playoff game. The Colts had gone 2-14 the year before.
Pagano actually finished second in the voting, receiving 5.5 votes. Arians received 36.5 votes from the nationwide panel of 50 media members.