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Flacco Named Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year

From: Carroll County Times

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was rewarded for his playoff success and overall rookie achievement, claiming the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year award at a ceremony Thursday in Tampa, Fla.

The only rookie quarterback in NFL history to ever win two playoff games, Flacco won the award over Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who won the Associated Press’ Rookie of the Year honor, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton.

The balloting was determined by 1,002,500 fan votes, well over last year’s 440,000 total. Since the voting was held in January, the Ravens’ run to the AFC title game definitely helped Flacco’s cause.

“I would like to thank all the fans,” Flacco told reporters at the Super Bowl site. “They’ve been voting every week and throughout the playoffs, which I’m sure helped a lot. It was a great year and I couldn’t really imagine it going this way for myself.

Good for Joe. Although really not very significant it does help quiet those that were upset that Flacco was totally shut out of the ROY ballot a month ago.

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