Eddie Lacy capped off a memorable rookie campaign last night by taking home the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award at the NFL Honors Ceremony.

A potential first round selection coming out of Alabama, Lacy fell all the way to number 61 when he was selected by the Packers at the end of the second round of the NFL Draft.

There were no guarantees where Lacy would fit in with the Packers after being drafted. DuJuan Harris had been anointed the starter by Mike McCarthy, meaning Lacy would have to earn his playing time the same as any other rookie.

And earn it he did.


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He recovered from fumbling in his first game action and earning a spot on the bench to become the Packers all time leading rookie rushing champion, finishing with 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, including four 100 yard rushing games.

His punishing, hard running style added a dimension to the Packers offense which had not been seen since the Ryan Grant era came to an end in 2009. For the first time in years, the Packers had a running game opposing defenses would have to contend with to go along with the high powered passing game, led by Aaron Rodgers.

It was Lacy who took on the burden on literally carrying the Packers offense after Rodgers broke his collarbone. While the offense struggled to find an identity, as well as a quarterback, after losing Rodgers, Lacy just kept on running.

For the first time in several years, there is no question who the number one running back in Green Bay is, or will be for the foreseeable future.

Congratulations Eddie Lacy on a well deserved honor.


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