Vikings star WR Jefferson named Second Team All-Pro, finalist for Rookie of the Year

Vikings star WR Jefferson named Second Team All-Pro, finalist for Rookie of the Year
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson runs up field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Source: Bruce Kluckhohn)

NEW YORK (WAFB) - Former star LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson’s first year in the NFL has been one for the record books, as he’s continued to make a name for himself in his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings.

On Friday, Jan. 8, Jefferson was named a finalist for Rookie of the Year and was also named to the second team on the Associated Press 2020 All-Pro Team.

Jefferson becomes the NFL’s first rookie wide receiver to be named to AP All-Pro, first or second team, since Randy Moss in 1998.

The former Tiger was the No. 22 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and was the fifth receiver selected. Jefferson was the only rookie receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl and a member of the All-Pro Team.

Jefferson set the NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in the Super Bowl Era with 1,400 yards, surpassing Anquan Boldin’s record of 1,377. He also broke the Vikings’ team rookie record for receiving yards set by Randy Moss with 1,313 in 1998.

The 21-year-old also tied former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr.’s record of seven games with 100-plus receiving yards by a rookie. That mark also broke Moss’s record of four.

The other four finalists for Rookie of the Year are Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson, Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, and Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young.

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