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Aidan Hutchinson, defensive end for the Detroit Lions, has been named a finalist for the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year award. The announcement comes after a standout debut season for the former Michigan Wolverines standout.
Why It Matters
Being named a finalist for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award is a significant achievement for any rookie in the NFL. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication that Hutchinson put in during the season, and it highlights the impact he had on the field for the Lions.
Aidan Hutchinson By the Numbers
- Hutchinson got 52 tackles
- 9.5 sacks
- 3 interceptions
What They're Saying
“You want to see them get a little bit better every week. You want to see that a mistake that they made early, they don’t make again, and really, they’ve all done that, and that includes Aidan.
And, I go back to this, I mean, he – he didn’t just walk in the door and all of a sudden, all these great things happen. I mean he goes into Washington, he has three sacks, and then it’s expected that he’ll have three sacks every week from then on. And, that’s just not the reality.
But, the fact is he was disruptive, and he’s a football player, and he did improve. He did get better, and they all did.” – Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell expressed when asked if Hutchinson had met the expectations of the coaching staff.
Other Pepsi Rookie Of The Year Finalists
Hutchinson is not the only rookie in the running for the award. Other notable finalists include cornerback Sauce Gardner, WR Chris Olave, RB Kenneth Walker, WR Garrett Wilson, and CB Tariq Woolen.
You can vote for Aidan Hutchinson here.