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Baltimore's Carden Named Rookie of the Year

Wednesday August 23, 2017

 Carden leads the Brigade to a playoff appearance and surpasses 3,000 yard passing mark in his rookie year

LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced that Baltimore Brigade quarterback Shane Carden has been named 2017 AFL Rookie of the Year. After a season that saw Carden among the top quarterbacks in the league, he becomes the first Rookie of the Year on an expansion team since 2001.

Carden (6’2”, 220, East Carolina) started in 12 of 13 games played for the Brigade this season and completed 271-of-423 passes for 3,169 yards and 63 touchdowns, all marks good for 3rd in the AFL this season. He became the first rookie quarterback since 2011 to throw for over 3,000 yards. The East Carolina product led the Brigade in rushing with 91 yards on 33 attempts and eight rushing touchdowns.

 

AFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
 
YEAR
 
PLAYER
 
TEAM
 
2017
 
Shane Carden
 
Baltimore
 
2016
 
Marvin Ross
 
Cleveland
 
2015
 
Greg Reid
 
Jacksonville
 
2014
 
Greg Carr
 
Orlando
 
2013
 
Mario Urrutia
 
Utah
 
2012
 
Jared Perry
 
Chicago
 
2011
 
Maurice Purify
 
Georgia
 
2010
 
Rod Windsor
 
Arizona
 
2008
 
Donovan Morgan
 
Chicago
 
2007
 
Brett Dietz
 
Tampa Bay
 
2007
 
Charles Frederick
 
Kansas City
 
2006
 
Ben Nelson
 
San Jose
 
2005
 
Troy Bergeron
 
Georgia
 
2004
 
Adrian McPherson
 
Indiana
 
2003
 
Travis McGriff
 
Orlando
 
2002
 
Clevan Thomas
 
San Jose
 
2001
 
R-Kal Truluck
 
Detroit
 
2000
 
Chris Jackson
 
Los Angeles
 
1999
 
Charles Wilson
 
Tampa Bay
 
1998
 
Oronde Gadsden
 
Portland
 
1997
 
Cory Fleming
 
Nashville
 


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