Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson had phenomenal rookie seasons for the Seahawks, but they finished second and third in the balloting for NFL Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, it was announced today.
Wagner, the middle linebacker who led the Seahawks in tackles during the regular season and also the playoffs, received 11 of the 50 votes to finish second to Luke Kuechly, the middle linebacker for the Panthers who got 28 votes.
Wilson, who tied the NFL rookie record by passing for 26 touchdowns during the regular season, finished behind two other quarterbacks – Robert Griffin III of the Redskins, who got 29 votes; and Andrew Luck of the Colts, who got 11 votes. Wilson received 10 votes in the balloting for the Associated Press awards.
Pete Carroll finished third in balloting for NFL Coach of the Year behind the Colts’ duo of Bruce Arians (36½ votes) and Chuck Pagano (5½). Carroll received 5 votes.