Rams quarterback Bradford heads finalists for rookie honors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was named a finalist for the NFL's rookie of the year award on Friday after a record-setting season where he helped turn around one of the league's worst teams.

Bradford, the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, set league rookie records for completions (354) and attempts (590), and his 3,512 passing yards were the second most ever by a rookie.

The Rams, who finished with a league-worst 1-15 record last season, improved to 7-9 with Bradford but fell one win short of making the playoffs after losing to the Seattle Seahawks on the last day of the regular season.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was taken with the second draft pick last year, was also named a finalist after he led his team and all rookies with 10 sacks.

Cornerbacks Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams were the other three finalists, the NFL said in a statement.

The winner will be announced on February 3.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)