San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Nick Bosa has been named the 2019 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. Bosa was recognized online at and accepted his award via video, as he and his San Francisco 49ers teammates prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The No. 2 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Bosa set a rookie franchise record with 16 tackles for loss, in addition to nine sacks in 2019, and was selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl. He began the season with seven sacks in his first seven games, tied for the second-most by a player in his first seven games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. In Week 8, Bosa also joined Julius Peppers (Oct. 13, 2002) and Kevin Williams (Dec. 28, 2003) as the only rookies to record at least three sacks and an interception in a single game since 1982. 

Bosa was one of five finalists nominated for this honor. The other finalists were Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown, Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and Philadelphia Eagles running back Myles Sanders.

The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances through the 2019 NFL season. Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and fans voted for the winner on Those results were used to help determine the finalists.

The 2019 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year will be celebrated at the Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Year party at Pepsi Neon Beach. Last year’s winner, Saquon Barkley, will be on hand along with Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, Nick’s older brother.

2019 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Finalists




Nick Bosa

Defensive End

San Francisco 49ers

A.J. Brown

Wide Receiver

Tennessee Titans

Josh Jacobs

Running Back

Las Vegas Raiders

Kyler Murray


Arizona Cardinals

Miles Sanders

Running Back

Philadelphia Eagles