TheSTN – NFL: NFC Players Of The Week Announced

Rookie running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  linebacker BRIAN URLACHER and cornerback SHERRICK MC MANIS of the Chicago Bears are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the ninth week of the 2012 season (November 1, 4-5), the NFL announced today.


  • Martin rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 42-32 win at Oakland. Martin and MIKE ANDERSON (December 3, 2000 vs. New Orleans) are the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game.
  • He had touchdown runs of 70, 67, 45 and one yards and is the only player in NFL history with three touchdown runs of at least 40 yards in a game.
  • Martin finished with a team-record 272 scrimmage yards. He has 486 scrimmage yards in the past two games, the highest total in a two-game span in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON in 1977. He is one of only four rookies in NFL history with at least 200 scrimmage yards in consecutive games.
  • He is the first rookie running back in NFL history to score four scrimmage TDs of 45+ yards in a two-game span.
  • Martin, who averaged 10.0 yards per carry (251 yards, 25 attempts), is only the third player in NFL history to have at least 25 rushing attempts and average 10.0+ yards per carry in a game.
  • In his rookie season from Boise State, this is Martin’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is the first rookie running back to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week since ADRIAN PETERSON in 2007 (Weeks 6 and 9).


  • Urlacher had a 46-yard interception-return touchdown, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and recorded seven tackles in the Bears’ 51-20 win at Tennessee.
  • The interception was the 22nd of his career, tying him with Pro Football Hall of Famer DICK BUTKUS for the second-most by a linebacker in franchise history.
  • Urlacher has five career touchdowns and his four defensive TDs are tied for the fourth-most in club history.
  • The Bears are the first team in NFL history with seven INT-TDs through the first eight games of a season.
  • The Bears’ seven defensive touchdowns are already tied for the team single-season record set in 1942.
  • This is the second time in his career Urlacher had an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in a game.
  • Five of his seven tackles occurred within three yards of the line of scrimmage.
  • In his 13th year from New Mexico, this is Urlacher’s seventh career Player of the Week Award (six on defense and one on special teams). He was last honored in Week 1, 2011.
  • His six Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT for the most in team history.


  • McManis blocked a punt that was returned by COREY WOOTTON for a touchdown in the Bears’ win at Tennessee. McManis also recorded two special teams tackles.
  • With 6:52 remaining in the first quarter and the score tied at zero, McManis blocked the Tennessee punt at the Titans’ five-yard line. Wootton returned it five yards for a touchdown that put the Bears ahead for good.
  • It marked the first blocked-punt return touchdown by the Bears since October 19, 2008 when GARRETT WOLFE returned a punt blocked by CRAIG STELTZ 17 yards for a score.
  • In Chicago’s 28-point first quarter, the team scored a touchdown on a blocked punt, a run, an interception and a pass. The Bears are the first team in NFL history to score a TD on each of those in a quarter.
  • In his third season from Northwestern, this is McManis’ first career Player of the Week Award.
  • He is first Bears non-return specialist to win this award since ZACKARY BOWMAN (Week 7, 2008).


  Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Robert Griffin III, Washington DB Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay K Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Wk 2 WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants DE Calais Campbell, Arizona P Tim Masthay, Green Bay
Wk 3 WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona DE Chris Clemons, Seattle K Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants
Wk 4 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay LB Patrick Willis, San Francisco K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans CB Charles Tillman, Chicago P Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Wk 6 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants K Jason Hanson, Detroit
Wk 7 RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota CB Charles Tillman, Chicago P Andy Lee, San Francisco
Wk 8 QB Alex Smith, San Francisco S Stevie Brown, New York Giants CB Davon House, Green Bay
Wk 9 RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago CB Sherrick McManis, Chicago

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 9 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Green Bay wide receiver RANDALL COBB, who had two touchdown receptions in the Packers’ 31-17 win over Arizona.
  • Detroit running back MIKEL LE SHOURE, who rushed for three touchdowns in the Lions’ 31-14 win at Jacksonville.
  • Seattle running back MARSHAWN LYNCH, who rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 30-20 win over Minnesota.
  • Chicago wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL, who had nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON, who rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 30-20 loss at Seattle.
  • Atlanta wide receiver RODDY WHITE, who had seven catches for 118 yards in the Falcons’ 19-13 win over Dallas.
  • Seattle rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who completed 16 of 24 passes (66.7 percent) for 173 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.3 passer rating.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 9 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Atlanta defensive tackle JONATHAN BABINEAUX, who had seven tackles, a sack and a pass defensed.
  • Tampa Bay rookie linebacker LAVONTE DAVID, who had a career-high 16 tackles.
  • Carolina defensive end CHARLES JOHNSON, who had two sacks and five tackles in the Panthers’ 21-13 win at Washington.
  • New Orleans defensive end CAMERON JORDAN, who had three sacks and a forced fumble in the Saints’ 28-13 win over Philadelphia.
  • New Orleans cornerback PATRICK ROBINSON, who had a 99-yard interception-return touchdown.
  • Chicago cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN, who forced four fumbles and had nine tackles.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 9 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Green Bay kick returner-punt returner RANDALL COBB, who averaged 30.0 yards per kickoff return and 15.3 yards per punt return.
  • Minnesota rookie kicker BLAIR WALSH, who converted both field-goal attempts, including a 55-yarder.
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