Michael Mauti scores NFC special teams player of the week

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Steve Gleason was at the Superdome last Thursday night to watch the Saints battle the Falcons, which conjured up memories of his blocked punt in the same stadium against the same team in the 2006 game that marked the Saints’ return to the stadium after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.

Those memories became even harder to escape when Saints linebacker Michael Mauti blocked a punt and fell on it for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game. Beyond the shared stadium and opponent, Mauti, whose father played for the Saints, was also at the game that featured Gleason’s memorable block.

That made Thursday night a special occasion for Mauti even before he was named the NFC’s special teams player of the week in recognition of his big play. Gleason didn’t win those honors after his blocked punt, although he did take the award in 2002 arter blocking a punt against the Panthers.

10 responses to “Michael Mauti scores NFC special teams player of the week

  1. MM was a tackling machine in college and the Vikings took a flier on him despite his knee injury. He continued to struggle with his knees there and ultimately wound up with the Saints. I am sorry the Vikings couldn’t keep him. He is a feel good story. Congrats on the honor and play on!!

  2. Congratulations! It definitely felt like Mauti Gras in the Superdome last Thursday!!

    Hey, Falcons #NeverPunt #37 #56

  3. As a Viking fan, I was sad to see him go, but understood why the team had to let go. That said, I couldn’t be happier for him, and will always be a fan of his and Hodges wherever they play during their careers, as I am from PA and a Penn State fan.

  4. You mean a Colts didn’t win special teams player of the week? Outrage. Launch an investigation. Suspend somebody. It doesn’t matter who just suspend them.

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