Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt has been named Offensive Rookie of the Month for his performances throughout December.
Kareem Hunt was once again named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for his performances throughout the month of December as the Kansas City Chiefs sensation ended the year on a very positive note.
Hunt took the NFL by storm from the first few carries of the season and he helped carry the Chiefs to a 5-0 record as an all-around rookie back who was adept at catching passes as well as he was breaking tackles. While the Chiefs went away from the run during their midseason slump, it’s no coincidence that their re-commitment to Hunt resulted in their current winning streak that ultimately won them another AFC West title.
Over the last month, Hunt has averaged 4.97 yards/carry for 437 total rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. He’s added another 17 catches for 111 yards and 1 touchdown through the air.
On the year, Hunt finished the season as the NFL’s rushing leader with 1,327 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes on the year for 455 receiving yards and another 3 touchdowns. The sum total of 1,782 yards from scrimmage was the highest total ever for a rookie in Andy Reid’s offense by well over 700 yards, making him by far the most productive rookie performer in Reid’s nearly two-decade history as a coach.
It’s clear that John Dorsey saw something special in Hunt when he traded up in the third round to select the former University of Toledo star and that the Chiefs will be reaping the rewards of his vision for quite some time.