The links between Eddie Lacy and John Brockington continue.
During a season in which Lacy broke Brockington’s franchise records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns as a rookie, Lacy became the Green Bay Packers’ first rookie running back named to the Pro Bowl since Brockington in 1971.
Lacy, who was named the Pro Football Writers of America’s Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, was added to the Pro Bowl roster by the league on Wednesday after the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson bowed out due to injury.
“I was extremely excited to hear that I am getting to go to the Pro Bowl after my rookie season,” Lacy said in a release from the team. “I feel like it gives me a great opportunity to thank my teammates, especially the offensive line, and coaches, for working with me and helping me accomplish what I did on the field this year.”
Lacy’s record-setting rookie season included 284 carries, 1,178 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and four 100-yard games. Brockington held the old records with 216 carries for 1,105 yards, Samkon Gado set the rookie record with six rushing touchdowns in 2005, and Brockington had four 100-yard games during the 14-game season.
Lacy led all rookie running backs in yards and touchdowns, and he ranked eighth and third, respectively, among all backs in those categories.
Not only is Lacy the first Green Bay rookie running back to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Brockington, he is the first Packers running back to be named to the all-star game since Ahman Green in 2004.
The NFL will announce the official Rookie of the Year Awards, which are selected by The Associated Press, one day before the Super Bowl. The Packers have had one Offensive Rookie of the Year — Brockington.
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