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Strong finish makes Williams AFC Offensive Player of the Week

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the game agains the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 33-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams dominated the Redskins Monday, and he woke up Wednesday to the news that he’d been named the first AFC Offensive Player of the Week for 2016.

Williams scored two fourth quarter touchdowns as the Steelers pulled away from the Redskins in Monday night’s season opener to win, 38-16. For the game, Williams carried 26 times for 143 yards. That was the most by a Steelers runner in a season opener since Willie Parker got 161 yards in 2005.

The player of the week honor is the first for Williams with the Steelers. He was NFC Player of the Week in 2008 while playing with the Panthers.

Williams was a quality addition for the Steelers last year and is playing an important role again with running back Le’Veon Bell serving a three-game suspension to start the season. With his performance vs. the Redskins he became the fifth active player with at least 7,500 career rushing yards, at least 2,000 receiving yards and at least 60 total touchdowns.

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12 Responses to “Strong finish makes Williams AFC Offensive Player of the Week”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Sep 14, 2016 9:55 AM

    Not bad for a 33-year-old. (heh)

  2. kurdishpats1 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:55 AM

    So who has 7,500 career rushing yards, 2,000 receiving yards and 50 touchdowns?

    Hate stats like that.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 14, 2016 10:01 AM

    2015 Washington Redskins Defensive Rankings:

    28th ranked defense in the NFL

    26th in RUSH Defense

    28th in PASS Defense

    So… good job, deangela.

  4. clashpoint says: Sep 14, 2016 10:02 AM

    Last year Williams set a career high for receptions and was ranked #1 in the NFL in pass protection for running backs. He’s an all-around great back, especially for a back up. I’m proud to have him in Pittsburgh.

    Go Steelers!

  5. troy43mvp says: Sep 14, 2016 10:03 AM

    Da Man!

  6. steelhammer92 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:36 AM

    Best 1-2 punch in football.. And it’s not even close. Just please stay healthy and off the weed!

  7. chieffanforlifehelpme says: Sep 14, 2016 10:39 AM

    Alex Smith should have won it.

  8. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    Mr. Rustbelt least the Steelrs beat a playoff team & didn’t lose to a none playoff team because of a missed extra point.. Just saying

  9. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 10:44 AM

    That’s only win because of a missed extra point..

  10. Kaz says: Sep 14, 2016 11:15 AM

    Should have clearly went to AJ Green. Running against Washington’s front isn’t that big of accomplishment. League loves their Steelers.

  11. therealtrenches says: Sep 14, 2016 11:42 AM

    “why does my age have to play a part?”

    Because, dude, it’s *amazing* that you’re playing this well at age 33. It’s a compliment. Get over it.

  12. vonkaiser2001 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:53 PM

    My son attended his youth football camp and by all accounts is a total class guy in every respect. Way to go DWill. You have a lifetime fan because of the guy you are away from the field. Good for you! He gave his Bell jersey away and made me buy a Williams for him.

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