The official announcement has not been made but the numbers heading into the last two weeks of the season have been announced and Cadillac Williams is the leading vote getter for the Rookie of Year award. The only thing that is surprising about the competition for the award is that Heath Miller, not Ronnie Brown, is the second leading vote getter. Ronnie Brown did not even crack the top five.
1. Cadillac - 219,736
2. Heath Miller, TE (Steelers) - 217,928
3. DeMarcus Ware, OLB (Cowboys) - 104,592
4. Chris Kluwe, P (Vikings) - 100,555
5. Odell Thurman, ILB (Bengals) - 88,715
If ever there has been proof that these kinds of awards (and I include the Pro Bowl) should not be voted on by the fans this is it. Cadillac has 947 yards on 237 carries (4.0 yards per carry). Ronnie Brown has 886 yards on 199 carries (4.5 yards per carry). These numbers are about even, and if Ronnie did not have to split carries with Ricky Williams he could probably win the award.
EDIT: I'm an idiot, these numbers are for the leading rookie vote getters for the Pro Bowl, NOT the Rookie of the Year. As always, discount everything I just said.