HOUSTON (KIAH) — Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud was named the 2023 Associated Press’ NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after a stellar season by leading the team to an amazing turnaround.
Stroud helped the Texans to an 11-8 record and an AFC South Division title as a rookie quarterback. He is the first player in franchise history to garner the honor and the 11th rookie quarterback since 1967 to win the award.
Selected No. 2 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft, Stroud took the NFL by storm this season and started in all 15 of his appearances, completing 319-of-499 pass attempts for a rookie franchise-record 4,108 yards, 23 touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 100.8, which marks the third-best passer rating by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. His 4,108 passing yards during the regular season rank third in NFL annals among rookie signal callers, while pacing all rookies in every major passing category this season.
Stroud finished his 2023 rookie campaign with 4,557 total passing yards, including the postseason, which is the second-most in NFL history by a rookie, trailing only Andrew Luck (4,662) in 2012. He began his career with a record-setting 192 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, the most ever by a player to begin a career.
Stroud led the league in passing yards per game (273.9), while also pacing the NFL in touchdown-interception ratio (4.60), joining Joe Montana (1989) and Tom Brady (2007) as the only three players in NFL history to finish first in both categories.