Receiver Tyler Lockett received one vote for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, but otherwise the Seahawks were shut out as the league handed out its annual awards Saturday night.
The Seahawks were shut out as the NFL handed out its annual awards Saturday night, and were also almost completely off the list of those getting votes.
The only Seahawk to get a vote in any of the official categories handed out Saturday night was Tyler Lockett, who got one of the 50 votes for Offensive Rookie of the Year. That award went to running back Todd Gurley of the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams. The award technically is for offense only, so Lockett’s impressive return statistics wouldn’t necessarily have been considered by those who voted. Also worth noting is that voters get just one vote and do not vote for places 1-10 or something, as is the case with the MVP award in Major League Baseball.
Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games, sitting out the first two while still rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered his final year at Georgia. Despite that injury, Gurley was taken No. 10 overall in the NFL Draft and Seahawks’ general manager John Schneider has stated Gurley was the No. 1 player on the Seahawks’ draft board.
Seattle running back Thomas Rawls‘ would likely have gotten votes had he not suffered a broken ankle against Baltimore on Dec. 13, which limited him to 830 yards in 13 games.
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Lockett technically tied for fourth in the voting with Gurley getting 27 votes, Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston 17 and Oakland WR Amari Cooper four with Lockett and Arizona RB David Johnson each getting one.
The MVP award went, as expected, to Carolina QB Cam Newton, who received 48 of the 50 votes. New England QB Tom Brady and Arizona QB Carson Palmer each got one apiece. Seattle QB Russell Wilson did not get an MVP vote (which was conducted under the same format as the rookie of the year, which calls for each of the 50 voters to vote for just one person and not divvy up votes for 10 places or something).
The Seahawks have not won any of the major, official NFL awards since running back Shaun Alexander was the MVP following the 2005 season.
Two candidates with Seattle/Seahawks ties — Don Coryell and Edgerrin James — were on the ballot for the Hall of Fame but also did not get elected. Coryell is a Seattle native who played at the University of Washington from 1949-51 and was on the ballot for his work as a coach of the Cardinals and Chargers in the ’70s and ’80s. James is known best for his years as a running back with the Colts but finished his career with a brief stint with the Seahawks in 2009. Also not elected was WR Terrell Owens who was with the Seahawks during camp in 2012 but released before the season so technically not considered a Seahawk.