Gado gets rookie honor

Running back voted as top rookie of the week for big game against Atlanta

Running back Samkon Gado of the Green Bay Packers was named the NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on Nov. 13-14, the NFL announced Thursday. Gado also was honored as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Gado ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the Packers' 33-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He scored on touchdown runs of two and nine yards in his first NFL start. Gado also caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brett Favre.

More than 42,680 fans voted for Gado this week on Gado was selected from among five finalists. The other finalists were defensive back Ellis Hobbs of the New England Patriots, wide receiver Matt   Jones of the Jacksonville Jaguars, linebacker Lofa Tatupu of the Seattle Seahawks and cornerback Darrent Williams of the Denver Broncos.

After the regular season, five players will be nominated for NFL Rookie of the Year honors, sponsored by Diet Pepsi. Fans can vote for the winner on throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

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