Detroit's Barry Sanders and Kansas City's Tamarick Vanover Among Those Chosen by NFL As
Dec. 25, 1997
Detroit's Barry Sanders and Kansas City's Tamarick Vanover Among Those Chosen by NFL As Players of the Week
Kick returner Tamarick Vanover of the Kansas City Chiefs also made history by winning the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Week. He is the first special teams player to earn the honor three times in one season.
Other players honored Wednesday were Washington cornerback Darrell Green (NFC Defensive Player), Tampa Bay punt returner Karl Williams (NFC Special Teams), Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown (AFC Offensive Player) and Cincinnati linebacker Gerald Dixon (AFC Defensive Player).
Sanders rushed for 184 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the Lions' 13-10 victory over the New York Jets that put Detroit into the playoffs. He finished the season with 2,053 yards rushing.
Vanover returned two punts for 130 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, and returned two kickoffs for 43 yards in the Chiefs' 25-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Green, 37, became the oldest player in NFL history to return an interception for a touchdown when he raced 83 yards for a score in the Redskins' 35-32 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had six tackles and two passes defensed against the Eagles.
Williams, chosen special teams player for the second time this season, returned six punts for 116 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown, as the Buccaneers beat the Chicago Bears 31-15.
Brown set a Raiders' record with 14 receptions for 164 yards in Oakland's 20-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And Dixon had 11 tackles and three sacks for 20 yards in losses in the Bengals 16-14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.