David Wilson of the New York Giants has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. No offense to anyone else, but could anyone have possibly been more deserving than the rookie running back/kickoff returner?
We have been over all of the crazy numbers Wilson compiled. Here, from the Giants' PR staff, is one more reminder of what he did Sunday against the New Orleans Saints:
Wilson returned four kickoffs for 227 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown, and added 100 rushing yards and two scores to set a franchise record with 327 total yards.
He is the first Giants kickoff returner to win the conference Special Teams Player of the Week award since David Meggett in Week 1 of the 1994 season.
Wilson set several team and league records and achieved milestones that hadn't been reached in decades.
He is first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. Wilson became the fourth player in league history with two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return touchdown in the same game. The others were Washington's Andy Farkas in 1939, Philadelphia's Steve Van Buren in 1945 and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew in 2006.
Wilson averaged 56.8 yards per return, the highest total ever by a Giant with at least three returns in a game. The previous record of 51.8 yards was set by Joe Scott on four returns vs. the Rams on Nov. 14, 1948.
Wilson's 327 all-purpose yards broke the former team mark of 303, set by Domenik Hixon at New Orleans on Oct. 18, 209. Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft choice this year, has returned 48 kickoffs for 1,321 yards, a 27.5-yard average, this season. The yardage total is a team record, topping Hixon's 1,291 yards in 2009. Wilson's 27.5-yard average currently makes him the Giants' career leader (minimum 40 returns). Rocky Thompson had held the record with a 27.2-yard average on 65 returns from 1971-73.
Pretty amazing stuff. Let's see what he can do for an encore Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.