Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Antonio Brown: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Antionio Brown becomes the first Steeelers player to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award this season and wraps up the trifecta of the awards as all three facets of the game (offense, defense, specials teams) are accounted for in the award room for the Steelers.
Brown was outstanding in the Steelers 35-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday as he returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown to make the score 28-7 right before the half to pretty much end all hope the Bengals had of making it a game. Brown is third in the AFC with 330 punt return yards this season, and he is second in the AFC with a 12.2 punt return average.
Not only did Brown make an impact in the special teams game but he was also a force from his receiver position as he caugth two passes for 67 yards including a 45 yard dash that really got the offense going and led to the Steelers first touchdown.
Brown actually now ranks second in the NFL and tops in the AFC in all-purpose yards with 1,665 which takes into account receiving yards, rush yards, punt return yards and kick return yards.
Brown has been a really nice addition this year even though he was on the team last year. He had a strong training camp and really over took Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart and right now you can argue that Brown migth be pushing Mike Wallace as the top target on the team.
Brown becomes the fourth award winner this year for the Steelers as he follows LaMarr Woodley who won teh AFC Defensive Player of the Month in October. Ben Roethlisberger also won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award after week eight against the Patriots and week four against the Tennesse Titans and also joins Rashard Mendenhall who won the award after a week six win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.