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Tomlinson, Williams, and Reed named AFC Players of the Week
New York, NY (Sports Network) - San Diego Chargers running back LaDanian
Tomlinson, Baltimore Ravens safety Chad Williams, and Pittsburgh Steelers
kicker Jeff Reed were named the AFC's Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams
Players of the Week, respectively, for the 13th week of the NFL season.
Tomlinson, earned his second Player of the Week honor this season, as he
rushed for a career-high 220 yards on 37 carries with three touchdowns, which
tied a career-best, in San Diego's 30-27 overtime win over Denver. He also
caught 11 passes for 51 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history to
rush for at least 200 yards and catch as many as 11 passes in one game.
Tomlinson has 1,318 rushing yards this season which is only 33 yards behind
Natrone Means for the team's all-time single-season rushing record.
The second-year back ran for over the 200-yard barrier for the second time
this year. He ran for 217 in a Week 4 win over New England where he also
garnered the Player of the Week award.
Williams won the Defensive Player of the Week honor for the first time after
he returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown, and also blocked a punt
that was recovered by Baltimore for a score in the Ravens' 27-23 win at
With the Bengals leading 13-7, Cincinnati threatened to open the game up, as
it had the ball on Baltimore's eight-yard line. However, the rookie safety
picked off Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna with just 35 seconds left in the half
and took it back the distance to change the momentum, giving Baltimore a 14-13
Steelers rookie kicker Jeff Reed received the Special Team Player of the Week
after he went six-for-six in his field goal attempts in Pittsburgh's 25-23 win
over Jacksonville. Reed played in his second game with the Steelers after
regular kicker Todd Peterson was placed on the injured reserve.
Reed kicked field goals of 25, 29, 30, 46, 33, and 50 yards, and became the
first rookie in NFL history to successfully kick as many six field goals in a
game without a miss. Reed is 9-of-10 this year in his attempts.
Other nominees for the offensive award were Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe,
Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown, New England wide receiver Troy Brown, Oakland
quarterback Rich Gannon, Indianapolis wide out Marvin Harrison, Buffalo
running back Travis Henry, Kansas City running back Priest Holmes, Baltimore
running back Jamal Lewis, Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair, Buffalo wide
receiver Eric Moulds, Pittsburgh quarterback Kordell Stewart, and finally
Miami running back Ricky Williams.
On the defensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh linebacker Kendrell Bell, New
England Tedy Bruschi, Kansas City cornerback Ray Crockett, and Indianapolis
defensive end Brad Scioli were considered for the award.
New England kick returner Deion Branch, San Diego kicker Steve Christie,
Kansas City return specialist Dante Hall, and Baltimore's Chad Williams were
also nominated for AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
12/04 17:53:02 ET
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