Harvin becomes the second Viking in three years to win the award, joining Adrian Peterson in 2007, as well as being the first wide receiver to win the honor. In the eight years of the award, an offensive player has won it each time – three quarterbacks, three running backs, a tight end and Harvin as the first wide receiver.
In a statement made to the league, Harvin said he was appreciative that the fans voted for him in the on-line voting for the award.
"This is a tremendous honor and I want to thank all the Vikings fans and NFL fans who took the time to vote," Harvin said. "This really does mean a lot and I appreciate the support. I also have to thank my teammates and coaches who helped me out so much this season and put me in positions to succeed."
Harvin led NFC rookie non-kickers in scoring with eight touchdowns and 24 receptions on third downs. He tied for the rookie lead with 60 receptions, good for 790 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed 15 times for 135 yards to set a Vikings franchise record for rushing yards by a wide receiver.
Harvin also ended the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL with a 27.5-yard average on kickoff returns.
He beat out fellow rookie Clay Matthews (linebacker, Green Bay), Brian Cushing (linebacker, Houston), Michael Oher (offensive tackle, Baltimore) and Jairus Byrd (safety, Buffalo).
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.