Griffin, Kuechly win AP honors

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, beating out two other sensational first-year quarterbacks.

Griffin, whose thrill-a-minute combination of running and passing skills led Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years, pulled away from Andrew Luck of the Colts and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks in a lopsided vote announced Saturday.

RG3 earned 29 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Luck was next with 11 and Wilson got 10.

The Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award goes to linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The first-round pick from Boston College led the league with 164 tackles. Kuechly began the season on the outside but moved to middle linebacker five games into the season and the Panthers went from 24th in the league in overall defense to 10th.

He earned 28 votes easily outdistancing Seattle LB Bobby Wagner with 11.

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