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Will Blackmon named NFC special teams player of the week

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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 first game with Atlanta, Turner set a franchise record with 220 rushing yards (GERALD RIGGS, 202 yards, September 2, 1984) in the Falcons' 34-21 victory over Detroit.  Turner's 220 rushing yards were the most in NFL history by a player in his first game with a team and the second-highest total on Kickoff Weekend in league annals (Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J SIMPSON, 250 yards, September 16, 1973).  The five-year veteran, who signed with Atlanta as an unrestricted free agent after serving as a back-up to San Diego's LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON, scored a career-high two touchdowns on the day, including a 66-yard score.  He carried the ball 22 times and averaged 10.0 yards per attempt.  The Falcons finished with a team-record 318 rushing yards.

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

  • Ogunleye had six tackles, including three for losses, one which resulted in a safety in the Bears' 29-13 victory at Indianapolis on Sunday night in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI. In the first game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Bears handed the Colts their first September loss since 2004. In the second quarter, with Chicago ahead 10-6, Ogunleye extended the lead by tackling the Indianapolis running back in the end zone for a safety. For the game, the Bears held Indianapolis to 293 total yards. In addition to the safety, Chicago's defense scored when cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN forced a fumble that linebacker LANCE BRIGGS returned for a touchdown.

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

  • With the Packers ahead 10-6 in the third quarter, Blackmon increased the lead with a 76-yard punt-return touchdown in Green Bay's 24-19 victory on Monday night over the division-rival Minnesota Vikings. For the night, Blackmon averaged 26.0 yards per punt return (three returns, 78 yards) and 23.0 yards per kickoff return (three returns, 69 yards). The touchdown was the third of his career and his second on a punt return. Blackmon's previous two touchdowns came last year versus Oakland (December 9, 2007) when he recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned a punt 57 yards for a score.

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.

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