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Sam Bradford wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award

Sat., Feb. 5, 2011

Top draft choice, top rookie.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford won the Associated Press 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award on Friday.

The first overall selection in last year’s draft, Bradford guided the Rams from the embarrassment of a 1-15 record to a 7-9 mark. In the weak NFC West, that was good enough to contend for the division title; St. Louis lost out on a tiebreaker to Seattle.

“I think the more I’m out there, the more comfortable I become,” Bradford said. “It’s been like that all year. There’s been some ups, there’s been some downs, but I feel like for the most part I’ve learned from my mistakes each week. I think the game’s starting to slow down a little bit, but I really still have a long way to go before I’m as comfortable as I want to be.”

The voters certainly were comfortable with Bradford’s passing and leadership.

He earned 44 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Only two other rookies received votes: Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams earned four, and Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey had two.

Bradford is the fourth quarterback since 2004 to win the award. Before that, no quarterbacks had won it.

Suh defensive ROY

Detroit Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh won the Associated Press 2010 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

The only rookie on the All-Pro team, Suh validated Detroit selecting him second overall in last April’s draft. He earned 48 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. New England cornerback Devin McCourty drew the other two votes.

“There are so many plays that he’s made that I just marvel at,” Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. “We were talking about somebody else in the league as a defensive tackle and as we’re watching tape … I stopped the tape. I said, ‘Now, how many guys could do this?’ ”

Boycott discussed

The NFL players union has discussed a boycott of the scouting combine later this month with player agents.

Several people familiar with the talks said the union suggested keeping potential 2011 draft picks away from the combine in Indianapolis and from other draft-related activities while there is no new collective bargaining agreement.

Such a boycott could jeopardize the draft status of those players, who are not yet members of the union. And with CBA negotiations, including a possible rookie wage scale, such a move could be detrimental to college players entering the league.

Haynesworth accused

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been accused of assault in what police said was a case of road rage near Fairfax, Va.

Fairfax County police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick said a 38-year-old man told investigators he was driving a Honda Civic in suburban Washington when he saw a pickup truck tailgating him and make a hand gesture.

The driver of the truck, later identified as Haynesworth, got out of his car when the two vehicles stopped and reportedly assaulted the other driver.

Snyder talks lawsuit

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder defended his decision to sue Washington City Paper, saying a column and doctored picture of him “crossed the line; it’s that simple.”

The lawsuit, filed against the weekly paper and its parent company, Atalaya Capital management LP, in New York State Supreme Court, seeks at least $1 million in damages for each of the two causes of action, plus punitive damages.

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