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Antonio Brown beats Jeremy Hill for AFC North Player of the Year

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Jeremy Hill exploded onto the scene for the Bengals, but the Steelers' Antonio Brown was the best in the AFC North.

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Though Jeremy Hill had an outstanding rookie season, it wasn't enough to overtake what Antonio Brown did for the Steelers.

Brown was named the AFC North Offensive Player of the Year by ESPN.com's NFL Nation writers. Brown, along with Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Le'Veon Bell, were the only three players to receiver first-place votes.

Hill, along with Ravens running back Justin Forsett, each received a third-place vote. Though he didn't win the award, it says lot for the Bengals rookie to be mentioned alongside that class of players. He led all rookie running backs with 1,124 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while finishing second among running backs with 5.1 yards per carry.

Making his season even more amazing was that he only rushed for 195 yards and three scores over his first seven games, but exploded for 929 yards and six TDs over his final nine games. Had he been the No. 1 RB from start to finish, maybe he would have given Brown a good run for his award.