FALCONS RB MICHAEL TURNER, BEARS DE ADEWALE OGUNLEYE &
PACKERS PR-KR WILL BLACKMON NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 1
Running back MICHAEL TURNER of the Atlanta Falcons, defensive end ADEWALE OGUNLEYE of the Chicago Bears and punt returner-kick returner WILL BLACKMON of the Green Bay Packers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played on NFL Kickoff 2008 Weekend (September 4, 7-8), the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: RB MICHAEL TURNER, ATLANTA FALCONS
In his fifth season from Northern Illinois, this is Turner's first career Player of the Week Award. He is the first Falcons running back to win the award since WARRICK DUNN in 2003 (Week 10). The last Atlanta player to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Kickoff Weekend was Riggs in 1984, when he rushed for a then-team record 202 yards.
DEFENSE: DE ADEWALE OGUNLEYE, CHICAGO BEARS
In his eighth year from Indiana, this is Ogunleye's third career Player of the Week Award. Ogunleye won the award twice with the Miami Dolphins (Week 11, 2002 and Week 3, 2003). The last Bear to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Kickoff Weekend was Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle DAN HAMPTON in 1989.
SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-KR WILL BLACKMON, GREEN BAY PACKERS
In his third season from Boston College, this is Blackmon's second career Player of the Week Award. He was honored in Week 14 of last year for his two-touchdown performance against Oakland.