Sony Michel has turned out to be everything that the New England Patriots could ask for, and then some.
While fighting through injury, Michel finished the regular season with 931 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in 13 games. He continued to eclipse 100-yard rushing games and prove his worth every time he touched the field.
The playoffs — where the spotlight is the brightest — is where he has shined the most. In just two games, Michel has carried the ball 53 times for 242 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. He became the first rookie to ever score five rushing touchdowns in the postseason and he joined a group of 11 players to ever hit this mark — while still having another game to play.
There is only 101 yards in between him and the record for rookie rushing yards in a playoff game that was set by Timmy Smith from the Washington Redskins. The current record was set in 1987 with 342 yards, and this isn’t farfetched by any means, especially with Michel averaging 121 rushing yards in the playoffs currently.
At the end of Michel’s rookie season, he has the chance to hold the rookie record for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, while also collecting a Super Bowl ring. Wouldn’t be a bad way to begin an NFL career.