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.