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.

16 responses to “Fitzgerald, Harper, Hester named NFC players of the week

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

  2. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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).

  9. 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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