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RG3, Kuechly take rookie honors

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NEW ORLEANS -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was named the NFL Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

Griffin III beat out fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck from the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson in a highly-debated race.

"Well, it's a truly a blessing to be up here and be able to stand, first and foremost," said Griffin, who continues to recover from knee surgery. "It seems like the league's in good hands with the young quarterbacks."

The three quarterbacks each led their teams to the playoffs this season while putting up outstanding numbers.

Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in last April's draft, finished the regular season with 3,200 passing yards with 20 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 102.4 passer rating.

Luck, the No. 1 overall selection, led the rookies with 4,374 passing yards to go with 23 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a 76.5 rating. Wilson led the Seahawks to the divisional playoffs after tying Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 touchdown passes to go with 3,118 passing yards, 10 interceptions and a 100.0 rating.

Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the defensive rookie of the year after leading the league with 164 tackles - 15 more than San Francisco 49ers veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
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