Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tide RB Eddie Lacy Named NFL Rookie of the Year

Former Alabama Crimson Tide and current Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was named the Pro Football Writers of America NFL Rookie of the Year for 2013.

Lacy led all rookies this season, with 1178 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite sitting out some early games due to a concussion,. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry on the season, and helped lead the Packers to the NFL Playoffs, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers.

A second-round pick out of Alabama, Lacy was a key part of the Crimson Tide offense in their run to the 2012 BCS National Championship, in which the Tide dominated an overmatched Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He became a key part of the Packers offense, too, in his rookie NFL season. Lacy was called on to carry a big part of the offensive load, with an injury limiting Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Lacy was also voted a second-team All-Pro in his first NFL season, and figures to be an integral part of the Packers offense for some time to come.

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