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Justin Jefferson A Finalist for 2020 Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year Award

WR Justin Jefferson (2020, LSU)
WR Justin Jefferson (2020, LSU)

EAGAN, Minn. — Justin Jefferson's rookie season was one for the record books.

The Vikings wide receiver turned heads around the league and was announced Friday morning as one of five finalists for the 2020 Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year Award.

This award is decided entirely by fans' votes, which can occur multiple ways.

First, fans can tweet Jefferson's first and last name, or his official Twitter handle (@JJettas2), along with the hashtag: #PepsiROY. That's Justin Jefferson #PepsiROY or @JJettas2 #PepsiROY for those that prefer copy, paste.

Fans can also click here to vote online for Jefferson. Voting goes through Jan. 25.

The winner will be announced virtually during Super Bowl LV festivities.

Jefferson was the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and was the league's only offensive rookie named to the 2021 Pro Bowl.

The former LSU standout finished the 2020 season with 1,400 receiving yards, a total that set rookie records in both the Super Bowl era and in Vikings franchise history.

Jefferson surpassed both Anquan Boldin's Super Bowl-era record (1,377 yards) and Hall of Famer Randy Moss' Vikings record (1,313 yards) with 133 yards in a Week 17 win over the Lions.

The 21-year-old also tied Odell Beckham, Jr.'s Super Bowl-era record of seven games with 100-plus receiving yards by a rookie. That mark also broke Moss' Vikings rookie record of four.

Jefferson also led this season's rookies with 88 receptions and tied for second among classmates with seven touchdown catches.

A trio of former Vikings have won the award since its inception in 2002. Adrian Peterson won it in 2007 before being followed by Percy Harvin (2009) and Teddy Bridgewater (2014).

The other four finalists 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.