St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the top two picks in the 2010 draft, were chosen the National Football League’s rookies of the year.
Bradford, offensive rookie of the year, directed the Rams to a 7-9 record a year after the team was 1-15 in the National Football Conference West. Suh, the No. 2 draft selection, helped the Lions end the season with a four-game winning streak.
Bradford, 23, set NFL rookie records with 354 pass completions and 590 attempts and claimed second place in passing with 3,512 yards behind Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who had 3,739 in 1998. He was the top pick in the draft.
“There’s been some ups, there’s been some downs, but I feel like for the most part I’ve learned from my mistakes each week,” Bradford told the Associated Press. “I really still have a long way to go before I’m as comfortable as I want to be.”
Suh, 24, had 10 sacks for the Lions, who ranked sixth in the NFL with 44 sacks. He became the seventh rookie in team history to win the award, the most by any franchise since 1967.
“It is a great honor and one of the highest honors I can receive on the defensive side of the ball,” Suh said in a statement.
Bradford received 44 of 50 votes cast by media representatives who regularly cover the NFL. Suh was named on 48 ballots that were counted by AP.