Justin Herbert earns NFL Rookie of the Year honors

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The Los Angeles Chargers suffered through a rough season. However, one of the mishaps the team encountered led to it finding its quarterback of the present and future.

That player, Justin Herbert, was named NFL Rookie of the Year on Thursday.

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The sixth overall pick out of Oregon would not have gotten such a quick chance to take over as a starter except for an accident in September when a team doctor punctured the lung of Tyrod Taylor before a game.

The mishap led to Herbert being thrust into the starter role minutes before the game and he performed beautifully.

Herbert set the record for the most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback (31) and most total touchdowns by a rookie QB in NFL history (36.) Additionally, he notched the most completions (396) and second-most passing yards (4,336) by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

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Herbert was one of five finalists nominated. The others were Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson, Indianapolis Colts running back Johnathan Taylor, and Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young.