The AP NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards were first presented in 1967
The first Associated Press ROY awards were presented to Detroit Lion Mel Farr (offense) and Detriot Lion (defense).  The interesting fact that both
players were from the same team is just one of the fascinating components of this award.  Included in this year-by-year analysis is information on
which ROY's earned Pro Football Hall of Fame honors along with which pro teams and colleges have produced the most ROY's.
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Year
AP NFL
Offensive ROY
Pos.
Pro Team
College
1967
Mel Farr
RB
Detroit Lions
UCLA
1968
Earl McCullouch
WR
Detroit Lions
USC
1969
Calvin Hill
RB
Dallas Cowboys
Yale
1970
Dennis Shaw
QB
Buffalo Bills
San Diego State
1971
John Brockington
RB
Green Bay Packers
Ohio State
1972
Franco Harris
RB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Penn State
1973
Chuck Foreman
RB
Minnesota Vikings
Miami
1974
Don Woods
RB
San Diego Chargers
New Mexico
1975
Mike Thomas
RB
Washington Redskins
UNLV
1976
Sammy White
WR
Minnesota Vikings
Grambling
1977
Tony Dorsett
RB
Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh
1978
Earl Campbell
RB
Houston Oilers
Texas
1979
Otis Anderson
RB
St. Louis Cardinals
Miami
1980
Billy Sims
RB
Detroit Lions
Oklahoma
1981
George Rogers
RB
New Orleans Saints
South Carolina
1982
Marcus Allen
RB
Los Angeles Raiders
USC
1983
Eric Dickerson
RB
Los Angeles Rams
SMU
1984
Louis Lipps
WR
Pittsburgh Steelers
Southern Miss
1985
Eddie Brown
WR
Cincinnati Bengals
Miami
1986
Rueben Mayes
RB
New Orleans Saints
Washington State
1987
Troy Stradford
RB
Miami Dolphins
Boston College
1988
John Stephens
RB
New England Patriots
Northwestern St.
1989
Barry Sanders
RB
Detroit Lions
Oklahoma State
1990
Emmit Smith
RB
Dallas Cowboys
Florida
1991
Leonard Russell
RB
New England Patriots
Arizona State
1992
Carl Pickens
WR
Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee
1993
Jerome Bettis
RB
Los Angeles Rams
Notre Dame
1994
Marshall Faulk
RB
Indianapolis Colts
San Diego State
1995
Curtis Martin
RB
New England Patriots
Pittsburgh
1996
Eddie George
RB
Houston Oilers
Ohio State
1997
Warrick Dunn
RB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Florida State
1998
Randy Moss
WR
Minnesota Vikings
Marshall
1999
Edgerrin James
RB
Indianapolis Colts
Miami
2000
Mike Anderson
RB
Denver Broncos
Utah
2001
Anthony Thomas
RB
Chicago Bears
Michigan
2002
Clinton Portis
RB
Denver Broncos
Miami
2003
Anquan Boldin
WR
Arizona Cardinals
Florida State
2004
Ben Roethlisberger
QB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Miami (Ohio)
2005
Carnell Williams
RB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Auburn
2006
Vince Young
QB
Tennessee Titans
Texas
2007
Adrian Peterson
RB
Minnesota Vikings
Oklahoma
2008
Matt Ryan
QB
Atlanta Falcons
Boston College
2009
Percy Harvin
WR
Minnesota Vikings
Florida
2010
Sam Bradford
QB
St. Louis Rams
Oklahoma
2011
Cam Newton
QB
Carolina Panthers
Auburn
2012
Robert Griffin III
QB
Washington Redskins
Baylor
2013
Eddie Lacy
RB
Green Bay Packers
Alabama
2014
Odell Beckham Jr.
WR
New York Giants
LSU
2015
Todd Gurley
RB
St. Louis Rams
Georgia
College Football Programs That Have
Produced the Most NFL Rookies of the
Year Through the 2014 Season
Miami and USC lead the way
Top College - ROY Award Winners
# of
ROY's
Miami
Chuck Foreman, Otis Anderson, Eddie Brown,
Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Jonathan Vilma
6
USC
Earl McCullouch, Marcus Allen, Chip Banks,
Duane Bickett, Mark Carrier, Brian Cushing
6
Arizona State
Leonard Russell, Mike Haynes, Vernon Leroy
Maxwell, Terrell Suggs
4
Pittsburgh
Tony Dorsett, Curtis Martin, Bill Maas & Aaron
Donald
4
Alabama
Derrick Thomas, Demeco Ryans, Eddie Lacy
3
Boston College
Troy Stradford, Matt Ryan, Luke Kuechly
3
Florida
Emmit Smith, Percy Harvin, Jevon Kearse
3
Florida State
Warrick Dunn, Anquan Boldin, Peter Boulware
3
North Carolina
Buddy Curry, Lawrence Taylor & Julius Peppers
3
Oklahoma
Billy Sims, Adrian Peterson & Sam Bradford
3
San Diego State
Dennis Shaw, Marshall Faulk, Willie Buchannon
3
Tennessee
Carl Pickens, Dale Carter, Jerod Mayo
3
The Detroit Lions swept the inaugural AP Rookie of the Year
awards in 1967 when Mel Farr garnered the offensive award
and Lem Barney gained defensive honors.
Todd Gurley and Marcus Peters earned AP 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year Honors
The former Georgia Bulldog and Washington Huskie take their place in NFL History.
Year
AP NFL
Defensive ROY
Pos.
Pro Team
College
1967
Lem Barney
CB
Detroit Lions
Jackson State
1968
Claude Humphrey
DE
Atlanta Falcons
Tennessee State
1969
Joe Greene
DT
Pittsburgh Steelers
North Texas St.
1970
Bruce Tayloer
CB
San Francisco 49ers
Boston University
1971
Isiah Robertson
RB
Los Angeles Rams
Southern
1972
Willie Buchanon
CB
Green Bay Packers
San Diego State
1973
Wally Chambers
DT
Chicago Bears
Eastern Kentucky
1974
Jack Lambert
LB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Kent State
1975
Robert Brazile
LB
Houston Oilers
Jackson State
1976
Mike Haynes
CB
New England Patriots
Arizona State
1977
A.J. Duhe
DE
Miami Dolphins
LSU
1978
Al Baker
DE
Detroit Lions
Colorado State
1979
Jim Haslett
LB
Buffalo Bills
IUP
1980
Buddy Curry
Al Richardson
LB
Atlanta Falcons
North Carolina
Georgia Tech
1981
Lawrence Taylor
LB
New York Giants
North Carolina
1982
Chip Banks
LB
Cleveland Browns
USC
1983
Vernon Leyroy
Maxwell
LB
Baltimore Colts
Arizona State
1984
Bill Maas
DT
Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh
1985
Duane Bickett
LB
Indianapolis Colts
USC
1986
Leslie O'Neal
DE
San Diego Chargers
Oklahoma State
1987
Shane Conlan
RB
Buffalo Bills
Penn State
1988
Erik McMillan
S
New York Jets
Missouri
1989
Derrick Thomas
LB
Kansas City Chiefs
Alabama
1990
Mark Carrier
S
Chicago Bears
USC
1991
Mike Croel
LB
Denver Broncos
Nebraska
1992
Dale Carter
CB
Kansas City Chiefs
Tennessee
1993
Dana Stubblefield
DT
San Francisco 49ers
Kansas
1994
Tim Bowens
DT
Miami Dolphins
Ole Miss
1995
Hugh Douglas
DE
New York Jets
Central State
1996
Simeon Rice
DE
Arizona Cardinals
Illinois
1997
Peter Boulware
LB
Baltimore Ravens
Florida State
1998
Charles Woodson
CB
Oakland Raiders
Michigan
1999
Jevon Kearse
DE
Tennessee Titans
Florida
2000
Brian Urlacher
LB
Chicago Bears
New Mexico
2001
Kendrell Bell
LB
Pittsburgh Steelers
Georgia
2002
Julius Peppers
DE
Carolina Panthers
North Carolina
2003
Terrell Suggs
LB
Baltimore Ravens
Arizona State
2004
Jonathan Vilma
LB
New York Jets
Miami
2005
Shawne Merriman
LB
San Diego Chargers
Maryland
2006
DeMeco Ryans
LB
Houston Texans
Alabama
2007
Patrick Willis
LB
San Francisco 49ers
Ole Miss
2008
Jerod Mayo
LB
New England Patriots
Tennessee
2009
Brian Cushing
LB
Houston Texans
USC
2010
Ndamukong Suh
DT
Detroit Lions
Nebraska
2011
Von Miller
LB
Denver Broncos
Texas A&M
2012
Luke Kuechly
LB
Carolina Panthers
Boston College
2013
Sheldon Richardson
LB
New York Jets
Missouri
2014
Aaron Donald
DT
St. Louis Rams
Pittsburgh
2015
Marcus Peters
CB
Kansas City Chiefs
Washington
NFL franchises That Have Produced the
Most AP NFL Rookies of the Year Through
the 2014 season
Detroit and Pittsburgh lead the way
Top Professional - ROY Award
Winners by team
# of
ROY's
Detroit Lions
7
Pittsburgh Steelers
6
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams
5
Minnesota Vikings
5
New England Patriots
5
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans
5
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
4
Chicago Bears
4
Denver Broncos
4
NFL franchises That Haven't Produced an
AP Rookie of the Year Winner
These pro teams are still seeking a special
impact rookie season
Jacksonville Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles
Seattle Seahawks
Heisman Trophy Winners That Became
NFL Rookie of the Year
Tony Dorsett - 1977
Earl Campbell 1978
George Rogers - 1981
Marcus Allen - 1982
Barry Sanders - 1989
Eddie George - 1996
Charles Woodson - 1998
Sam Bradford - 2010
Cam Newton - 2011
Robert Griffin III - 2012
Tony Dorsett became the first Heisman
Trophy winner to win NFL ROY honors when
he won the award with the Dallas Cowboys
in 1977.
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