The National Football League announced Oct. 29 that Washington Redskins wide receiver/punt returner Santana Moss was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
With the Redskins clinging to a 16-10 lead in the fourth quarter at Ford Field, Redskins head coach Jim Zorn and special teams coach Danny Smith called on Moss for his second punt return of the year and only his second since the 2005 season. Moss made the most of his opportunity by bringing back Nick Harris' punt 80 yards for a Redskins touchdown.
"Santana proves to be an amazing athlete," Zorn said. "He had one opportunity and not only scored, but made the key play for the win, and then was honored as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. This is an honor that capped off a great week."
On the play, Moss collided with teammate Devin Thomas shortly after fielding Harris' punt at the Redskins' 20-yard line, but kept his feet, avoided potential tacklers and broke free down the left sideline for what proved to be the winning score. It was Moss' second touchdown of the day as he also hauled in a 50-yard scoring pass from Jason Campbell, the third connection of 50 or more yards between the two this season. Moss finished the day with nine receptions for 140 yards. His season total of 658 receiving yards is fifth in the NFL, while his five receiving touchdowns are the second-most in the league.
This is Moss' fifth weekly award from the NFL as he also won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after week nine of 2002 while a member of the New York Jets, and NFC Offensive Player of the Week three times as a member of the Redskins, following weeks two and 16 in 2005 and after week four in 2006.
Moss is the first Redskins player to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week since kicker Shaun Suisham accomplished the feat following week nine of last year.
Moss is the third Redskins player to win a league weekly or monthly award this season. Running back Clinton Portis earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week following week five and safety Chris Horton won NFC Defensive Player of the Week following week two and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.