Kareem Hunt named Reese’s Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Kareem Hunt /

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was named Reese’s Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year for the 2017 NFL season after leading the league in rushing.

Kareem Hunt, the rookie running back sensation for the Kansas City Chiefs who took the National Football League by surprise from his very first game, was named the Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year for the 2017 season. He will be honored at a ceremony on March 22 where he will receive the award.

For fans who were upset over the fact that Hunt did not with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award from the Associated Press after leading the NFL in rushing yards—one of six rookies to ever do so—this might be a nice consolation prize. Hunt lost the AP OROY award to New Orleans Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara, who did enjoy a superb freshman season in the NFL.

Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards despite making only a single carry in the final game. He finished with 1,327 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns and another 53 receptions for 455 rec. yards and another 3 touchdowns through the air.

Hunt was the Chiefs third round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after John Dorsey traded up to get him. Dorsey has always been a fan of Senior Bowl prospects who show well, and Hunt did exactly that, winning the game’s Most Outstanding Player award for the North squad in 2016. In his Senior Bowl, Hunt rushed for a game-high 118 yards and created several highlights for scouts.

Check out the full highlights from Hunt at the Senior Bowl here: