Consider it another instance of game recognizing game.
Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year, and running back Dalvin Cook was named to the outlet's All-Pro Team on Thursday.
The honors were bestowed through a vote by NFL players, the same group that helped Jefferson and Cook earn 2021 Pro Bowl honors (fans and coaches also vote for the all-star game).
Jefferson set the NFL rookie record with 1,400 receiving yards and broke Randy Moss' franchise record for catches by a rookie. Seven of Jefferson's 88 receptions were touchdowns. He recorded seven 100-yard games, setting another record for a Vikings rookie and tying Odell Beckham, Jr., for the most such performances in the Super Bowl era.
Cook set career highs for rushes (312), rushing yards (1,557), rushing touchdowns (16), yards per rush (5.0), rush yards per game (111.2) and scrimmage yards (1,918) despite missing a game-and-a-half with a groin injury and Minnesota's 2020 finale while he grieved the unexpected death of his father.