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Tarik Cohen named NFC North Rookie of the Year

Former A&T star Tarik Cohen excelled in his first year as an NFL running back.

The year is off to a great start for Tarik Cohen, as he was recently named the Rookie of the Year for the NFC North, according to ESPN.  Drafted out of North Carolina A&T in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears, Cohen quickly made a name for himself as a top player not just on offense, but on special teams as well.

The 5’6″, 179 RB produced one of the most exciting punt return plays of the Bears 2017 season against the San Francisco 49ers, where he was taken all the way back to the 39-yard line and then ran for 61 yards for a touchdown.

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History made

Cohen joined Gale Sayers as one of the only NFL rookies to score touchdowns by punt return, rushing, receiving, and passing all in the same season. He was the shortest player to throw a touchdown pass in the NFL since 1934 and the first Bears running back to throw a touchdown since 2007, when Adrian Peterson threw a pass to Bernard Berrian against the New Orleans Saints.

Cohen finished his first year as an NFL back with 53 receptions and 370 rushing yards and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl.

He is currently enrolled at A&T in pursuit of his degree.

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