2010 Topps Gridiron Rookie of the Week Recap and Checklist
During the 2010 NFL season, collectors were able to receive free Topps Gridiron Rookie of the Week redemptions at their local hobby shops with the purchase of a 2010 Topps Football product. This past weekend, the NFL season came to a close and so did the 2010 Rookie of the Week program. Below is a recap of all 17 Topps Gridiron Rookie of the Weeks from the 2010 NFL Season.
During the speedy scat backs first career NFL game against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, the 30th pick of the 2010 NFL draft out of Cal scored 2 touchdowns and tallied 36 total yards.
Week 2: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
The former Georgia Tech star had 8 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown during his week 2 NFL debut in which the Broncos defeated Seattle 31-14. Thomas' impressive performance affirmed the confidence that Denver had in the young wide-out when they made him the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Week 3: C.J. Spiller, HB, Buffalo Bills
Spiller, the 9th overall pick out of Clemson in the 2010 draft, had 2 touchdowns in Buffalo's Week 3 near upset of the New England Patriots.
Week 4: Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
Bradford, the #1 overall pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of Oklahoma, had 2 touchdowns and 289 passing yards in the Rams week 4 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Week 5: Max Hall, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Hall, the first undrafted rookie quarterback to start an NFL game within the first 5 games of the NFL season since 1987 led the Cardinals to an upset victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints in his first career start in Week 5.
Week 6: Chris Ivory, HB, New Orleans Saints
Undrafted rookie running back Chris Ivory gathered 175 total yards and averaged 10.5 yards per carry during the Saints rout of the Tampa Bay Bucanneers in Week 6.
Week 7: Jordan Shipley, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
The Longhorn rookie wide out caught 6 balls for 131 yards a TD, including an impressive 64-yard catch during the Bengals week 7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
In Week 8, Blount exploded onto to the NFL scene with 120 yards and 2 TD's in the Tampa's win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Oregon alum became the third undrafted rookie to win the honor, joining the Cardinals Max Hall and the Saints Chris Ivory.
Week 9: Colt McCoy, QB, Cleveland Browns
In week 9, McCoy led the Cleveland Browns to one of the season's biggest upset victories over the New England Patriots in convincing fashion. The Longhorn legend completed 74% of his passes and added a gutsy 16-yard TD run in the 34-14 rout
Week 10: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Under the bright Sunday night lights, the 42nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from Arizona hauled in 3 touchdowns and 73 yards in the Patriots semi-upset win over the Steelers at Heinz Field.
Mike Williams continued his epic 2010 rookie campaign in Week 11 with a 54-yard touchdown grab during the Buccaneers rout of the 49ers. The 4th rounder from Syracuse currently led all rookie wide receivers in yards and touchdowns in 2010.
Week 12: Toby Gerhart, HB, Minnesota Vikings
Gerhart filled in nicely for an injured Adrian Peterson, rushing for 76 yards and scoring his first NFL touchdown in the Vikings week 12 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Week 13: Javarris James, HB, Indianapolis Colts
Javarris James, the younger cousin of Colts' legend Edgerrin James, gathered a total of 35-yards and scored 2 touchdowns in the Colts week 13 loss to the Cowboys. James was the fourth undrafted 2010 NFL rookie to be named Topps Rookie of the Week, joining Max Hall, Chris Ivory and LeGarrette Blount.
Week 14: Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arrelious Benn, the 39th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Illinois, broke out big time in week 14 with 4 grabs for 122 yards in the Buccaneers 17-16 win over Washington. Benn had been largely overshadowed by the team's over rookie WR Mike Williams, who was Topps' Rookie of the Week #11.
Week 15: Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos
Although the Broncos ultimately lost their week 15 match-up against the Raiders, the Denver faithful finally received a ray of hope in the midst of a season filled with turmoil. That ray of hope came in the form of first round pick Tim Tebow, who shined in his first career NFL start
Week 16: Ryan Mathews, HB, San Diego Chargers
After a season plagued with injury and disappointment, the #12 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft ran for a career high 83-yards and a touchdown in the Chargers week 16 loss to the Bengals
Week 17: Joe McKnight, HB, New York Jets
During the Jets week 17 circling of the Buffalo Bills, the 4th rounder out of USC rushed for 158 yards, in the process setting a Jets single game rookie rushing record.