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Published on 10/16/2009 at Fri Oct 16 17:58.
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Knowshon Moreno (AP Photo)

Knowshon Moreno (AP Photo) voters have spoken, and Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is the Pepsi Rookie of the Week for Week 5 in the NFL, and for the second straight week. In his first NFL start, Moreno totaled 124 total yards from scrimmage (88 rushing, 36 receiving) in a 20-17 overtime win that propelled the Broncos to their first 5-0 record since 1998.

Kyle Orton was also nominated for a weekly award – the FedEx Air Player of the Week – but Peyton Manning took that one home. 

Meanwhile, the sports media collective has become thoroughly confused about whether Moreno is winning the Pepsi or Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award.  HUGE difference.  Don’t act like you don’t care. Press release after the jump. 


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been named Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, the National Football League announced on Friday.

While making his first NFL start, Moreno totaled 124 yards from scrimmage (88 rushing, 36 receiving) to help the Broncos to a 20-17 overtime win against the Patriots on Sunday. His 124 yards from scrimmage ranked eighth in the NFL for the week.

Moreno, who averaged 4.2 yards on 21 carries, posted four runs of at least 10 yards that tied for the second most in the league for the week. Among his four receptions was a 27-yard grab on Denver’s game-tying 98-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that forced overtime.

Moreno was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on The other finalists were wide receivers Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts, Jeremy Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles and Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants along with quarterback Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida.

This is Pepsi’s eighth year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the fifth year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.

  • dbroncos

    Very good to hear. Rookie of the year!!!

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  • coskibum

    Hell Yeah!

  • kerry

    well Moreno is gonna have to have a 1,500 yard, 15 rushing TD season to win rookie of the year. as we all know Mark Sanchez will more then likely win it because he plays for a New York team.

  • Big_Pete

    I can't believe I'm about to say this, but…..
    I agree with kerry

  • T-Money

    True. And utterly lame!

  • mikebirty

    Moreno has as many Rookie of the Week awards as Brian Orakpo has sacks.

    But like Kerry said, Sanchez won RotY the day he was drafted.

  • anthony33

    As long as he continues to be productive and stay healthy, the rookie of the year award does not matter.

    Hoping Ayers continues to improves to the point to where he too is up for a couple of these weekly awards. A little dissapointed in him so far, but he does seem to be getting slightly better each week. Stay tuned.

  • Name

    Still not good enough for you Kerry? I'm pretty sure that you were trashing Moreno before the season started.

    I saw your post today at DPO regarding Balloon Boy. Sounds like you're as much of a fraud as Heene. What, no news in Japan? Man I wish you'd give up the computer posting…

    “Actually Kerry/Lax65 isn't a taxpayer. He lives in Japan, and is thrilled that, while still an American, he never wants to live in the United States again. He taunts those who choose to vote and those who still choose to live in the cesspool we call America.”

  • TD30isMVP

    I would feel a lot better if he went a game without the fumbles or having to run with both hands on the ball. I like Moreno but that is frustrating.