San Diego, CA- Chargers Rookie linebacker Jerry Attaochu has been chosen by the NFL as a nominee for the PEPSI Rookie of the Week. Jerry Attaochu is up against Carolina Panther’s Kelvin Benjamin, Denver Bronco’s Bradley Roby, Miami Dolphin’s Chris McCain and Jacksonville Jaguar’s Allen Hurns.
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Rookie linebacker Jerry Attaochu made his presence felt throughout the game with a blocked punt in the 2nd quarter to give the Chargers struggling offense the ball at the Cardinals 17-yard line, which allowed Nick Novak to kick a 36-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3. Attaochu continued to make an impact in the second half, as midway through the 3rd quarter Attaochu strip-sacked Carson Palmer to give the Chargers the ball and allowed them to extend their lead to 17-6. Jerry Attaochu finished the game with three tackles, a strip-sack and a blocked a punt in his NFL debut.
Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy told Hayley Elwood of Chargers.com that Jerry Attaochu’s performance didn’t surprise him.
"“It doesn’t surprise me one bit, the plays he made,” McCoy said. “The guy has a will to win, the way he practices…he’s worked extremely hard from the very first day. It’s a dream come true for him to play for the Chargers and he’s got some guys in front of him that he’s been in their hip pocket the whole time. The way to sit behind some of those veterans and watch how they work every day…he’s learned from some great veterans and I think that’s what’s so great about this football team.”"