My NFC West colleague Mike Sando attempted to pick himself off the mat this week after acknowledging defeat in our spring Rookie of the Year debate. (He took Arizona running back Beanie Wells. I went with Minnesota receiver/returner Percy Harvin. Ka-pow!)
As we hashed through it over the phone this week, Mike and I realized Harvin has a chance to finish with one of the best all-purpose rookie seasons in NFL history. Through Week 16, Harvin has gained exactly 2,000 total yards via receiving, rushing and kickoff returns. That’s second all-time in Vikings history, trailing Adrian Peterson’s 2007 effort by 21 yards, and isn’t that far off the best rookie performances of all time.
Here are the top three, according to the NFL’s Record and Fact book:
A huge game Sunday against the New York Giants could propel Harvin into the elite company even though migraine headaches forced him to miss a game this season. We’ll update this chart next week. Mike? He has gone back to the drawing board.