Lindsay set new a Broncos record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie during his exemplary season and made NFL history by earning the first Pro Bowl selection given to an undrafted offensive rookie. He was also the third undrafted rookie since 1970 with at least 1,000 rushing yards and came just 67 yards short of Dominic Rhodes' NFL record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie running back.
Lindsay was nominated for NFL rookie of the week honors six times in 2018, winning once after a 157-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Bengals in Week 13.
"He's had a tremendous year," President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway told Broncos TV after that performance. "I think what everybody sees about him on the field, the way he runs, but also the way he carries himself and his 'want to' and his attitude and the way he goes about his business as a rookie — we're thrilled to have him and glad he picked us, being a college free agent. He's been tremendous and I think this is the first step for him. I think he'll have a tremendous career."
The other four nominees for rookie of the year are Giants RB Saquon Barkley, Browns RB Nick Chubb, Colts LB Darius Leonard and Browns QB Baker Mayfield. Each of the four other nominees were drafted in the first or second rounds of the NFL Draft.
Flip through Phillip Lindsay's Pro Bowl rookie season
Take a game-by-game look at historic Phillip Lindsay's rookie season.
In Week 1 against the Seahawks, Phillip Lindsay ran for 71 yards on 15 rushing attempts and caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.