Former UAB star Jordan Howard lands on NFL rookie team

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard, left, tries to break a tackle by Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris (41) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Chicago running back Jordan Howard and Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill provided immediate impact and excitement as two of the top rookies in the NFL this season.

Howard and Hill were both selected to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Howard, who was selected by the Bears in the 5th round of last April's draft, finished second in the NFL with 1,313 rushing yards. The former Gardendale High School and UAB star averaged 96 yards a game over the final 14 weeks of the season.

Hill, who the Chiefs selected in the 5th round out of University of West Alabama, scored 12 touchdowns in 2016. He had six rushing touchdowns, three receiving and scored two touchdowns on punt returns and one on a kickoff return.

Hill was voted into three different spots on the All-Rooke team: kickoff returner, punt returner and special-teamer.

Here's the entire PFWA All-Rookie team for 2016:


Quarterback: Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Running backs: Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Bears

Wide receivers: Sterling Shepard, Giants; Michael Thomas, Saints

Tight end: Hunter Henry, Chargers

Center: Cody Whitehair, Bears

Guards: Joe Thuney, Patriots; Laremy Tunsil, Dolphins

Tackles: Jack Conklin, Titans; Taylor Decker, Lions


Line: Joey Bosa, Chargers; DeForest Buckner, 49ers; Chris Jones, Chiefs; Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars

Linebackers: Jatavis Brown, Chargers; Leonard Floyd, Bears; Deion Jones, Falcons

Cornerbacks: Vernon Hargreaves III, Buccaneers; Jalen Ramsey, Jaguars

Safeties: Karl Joseph, Raiders; Keanu Neal, Falcons


Place-kicker: Will Lutz, Saints

Punter: Riley Dixon, Broncos

Kickoff returner: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

Punt returner: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

Special-team: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

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