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New York's Shockey Wins NFL Rookie Of The Year


Packers safety Marques Anderson earned three Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Week awards this season, tied for the most of any player, but it wasn't enough to land him the title of 2002 Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Year.

That honor went to New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, the NFL announced with a trophy presentation in San Diego Wednesday.

A two-time Rookie Of The Week winner, Shockey led NFL tight ends with 74 receptions for 894 yards this season.

Anderson meanwhile produced four interceptions -- returning two for touchdowns -- in his inaugural professional season. On a defense that led the league in takeaways, only two-time Pro Bowler Darren Sharper had more picks than Anderson.

Boosted by an 11-tackle effort against the New England Patriots, Anderson finished the season with 41 solo tackles and 61 overall.

More than 350,000 fans voted for five finalists on from January 1-20. A breakdown of the voting wasn't released.

In addition to Anderson and Shockey, Houston quarterback David Carr, Cleveland running back William Green and Denver running back Clinton Portis were also finalists.

Finalists were chosen after tabulating this season's weekly fan voting at

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