Jets' Sheldon Richardson believes he's defensive rookie of the year

Sheldon Richardson speaks to reporters in the locker

Sheldon Richardson speaks to reporters in the locker room of the Jets training facility in Florham Park, N.J. (Dec. 30, 2013) (Credit: AP)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - According to Sheldon Richardson, there's only one logical choice for defensive rookie of the year: himself.

"Most definitely," the Jets defensive tackle said Monday as he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers after Sunday's win over the Dolphins in the regular-season finale. "It's not even a question."

Richardson -- the star of general manager John Idzik's inaugural draft class -- finished fourth in the NFL among defensive linemen with 77 total tackles and had 31/2 sacks. He also had two rushing touchdowns, the most for a defensive lineman in a season since the Bears' William "Refrigerator" Perry in 1985, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

"I am the defensive rookie of the year," he said. "That's just how I feel. If anybody has an opinion about it, they can always state their opinion. It's just me."

When asked for an assessment of his season, the ever-confident Richardson surprisingly said: "[I] wasn't a bust. That's the only thing I tried to do is not be a bust and live up to my first round [draft selection]."

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