Washington RB Antonio Gibson named NFL Rookie of the Week


Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson was named the NFL's Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Friday.

The award was well earned by Gibson, who had a breakout performance on national TV last Thursday in Washington's 41-16 blowout of the rival Dallas Cowboys.

Gibson finished the Thanksgiving clash with 20 carries for 115 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first running back with 100 yards and three scores on Turkey Day since Lions great Barry Sanders did it in 1997.

The running back has been outstanding for Washington this season, as he has notched a team-high 11 touchdowns, just two short of Alfred Morris' rookie franchise record. His performance against Dallas has legitimately put him in the race for NFC Rookie of the Year.

"Honestly, it's the story of my life," Gibson said Thursday after his big performance. "Every time the spotlight comes on, it seems like God is always watching over me. To be on national TV and come out and do this, it's an amazing feeling."

The running back narrowly edged out Carolina safety Jeremy Chinn for the award. Chinn had two defensive touchdowns for the Panthers this past Sunday against Minnesota.

Gibson is the first Washington player to win the award this season. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has taken the award home seven times, the most of any player this season.