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Fitzgerald, Harper, Hester named NFC players of the week

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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Saints safety Roman Harper and Bears return man Devin Hester have been named the NFC’s players of the week.

Fitzgerald got the first offensive player of the week award of his career after a sensational seven-catch, 146-yard, two-touchdown game in the Cardinals’ upset of the Eagles on Sunday. The only Arizona touchdown that wasn’t scored by Fitzgerald was set up by Fitzgerald’s outstanding 37-yard over-the-shoulder catch late in the fourth quarter.

Harper earned his second defensive player of the week award this season for a big game in the Saints’ 26-23 overtime win over the Falcons. The Saints’ web site reports that after reviewing film from the game, the New Orleans coaching staff credited Harper with 16 tackles, two altered passes, one sack, one pass defensed and two tackles for losses. Harper has 6.5 sacks this season, leading all NFL defensive backs.

Hester won the special teams player of the week award for the 12th time in his career after scoring a touchdown on an 82-yard punt return and totaling 40 yards on his other two punt returns in the Bears’ win over the Lions. Hester now has 18 return touchdowns in his career, with 12 on punts, five on kickoffs and one on a missed field goal.

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16 Responses to “Fitzgerald, Harper, Hester named NFC players of the week”
  1. 700levelvet says: Nov 16, 2011 11:38 AM

    Fitz should sent a fruit basket, oh wait…….a pork chop basket to Andy Reid for hiring Castillo as defensive coordinator………..

  2. jessethegreat says: Nov 16, 2011 11:59 AM

    Hester is the definition of lightning in a bottle. At any given time, he could strike. When are teams going to stop playing golf in the rain? He reminds me of the clutch hitter in baseball.

    Teams will soon learn it’s better to walk him with the bases loaded instead of giving him the chance to smack it out of the park.

  3. qcbearsfan says: Nov 16, 2011 12:08 PM

    “Devin Hester, you are ridiculous!”

    In my Jeff Joniak voice…

  4. imsmarterthanyou says: Nov 16, 2011 12:16 PM

    Along with Hester, Bears CB Tim Jennings should have been the Defensive Player of the week for the NFC. Here’s the stat line…

    10 tackles, forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception. Double digit tackles and two turnovers is player of the week to me.

    I take nothing away from Harper’s day. His stat line is nothing to scoff at.

    There’s no one like Hester. GOAT.

  5. jeffquery says: Nov 16, 2011 12:38 PM

    Must have been boring giving it to Rodgers every week.

    Fitz was amazing and although I only saw the play once, I thought he was robbed of a TD on that last big one.

  6. fuzzebear says: Nov 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    Hester? Romo completed 23 out of 26 passes for 3 TD’s including hitting his first 18 passes in a row (and 3 td’s). Fitzgerald??? I could have won offensive player of the week against the way the Eagle D played on Sunday. Romo had the best day.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 16, 2011 1:01 PM

    Even Jeff Joniak can get a shoutout on PFT.

  8. razsan says: Nov 16, 2011 1:02 PM

    I guess my first comment about Hester being the beneficiary of a bad non-call by the refs was deleted. Watch the replay….block in the back right in front of Hester and the ref.

  9. lacharger2112 says: Nov 16, 2011 1:41 PM

    Did they not want to give it to Rodgers because he only played 3/4 of the game? Can this guy keep improving? I already forgot who he replaced!

  10. goawayeverybody says: Nov 16, 2011 1:54 PM

    Harper played great, until he dropped a certain interception in the end zone that would have ended the game. Sigh.

  11. moolah954 says: Nov 16, 2011 2:17 PM

    kicking to Hester?? big mistake

  12. buckhuckster says: Nov 16, 2011 3:14 PM

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Hester wears the number 23 in the city of Chicago.

  13. chitownhomer says: Nov 16, 2011 4:10 PM

    They should rename the NFC Special Team award to the Devin Hester Award. His #’s are just stupid compared to the rest of the NFL and even compared to the best of the NFL past!

  14. deweyaxewound says: Nov 16, 2011 6:05 PM

    fuzzebear says:
    Nov 16, 2011 12:51 PM
    Hester? Romo completed 23 out of 26 passes for 3 TD’s including hitting his first 18 passes in a row (and 3 td’s).


    How would Tony Romo qualify for NFC SPECIAL TEAMS Player of the Week?

    Yes, Romo’s Special Teams play is “special” alright…”special” in the same way the Special Olympics are special.

    (And for any special readers out there–that’s a reference to the 2007 NFC Wildcard Game in Seattle where Romo boobtastically botched the hold on a potential game-winning 19 yard field goal).

  15. jcg23 says: Nov 16, 2011 11:01 PM

    This was for offensive player of the week non reader. Or does Fritz now play ST?

  16. dukemarc says: Nov 17, 2011 10:29 AM

    Randall Cobb had a 80 yard TD Punt Return and a 55 yard Kickoff Return – does the fumble count against him that much?

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