Giants’ rookie RB/KR David Wilson has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 14. Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and Carolina LB Luke Kuechly took the offensive and defensive honors respectively.
Wilson is the fifth Giant player to receive POTW honors this season. WR Hakeem Nicks (Offense, Week 2), K Lawrence Tynes (Special Teams, Week 3), S Antrel Rolle (Defense, Week 6) and S Stevie Brown (Defense, Week 8) are the others.
- Wilson had a franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards (227 kickoff returns, 100 rushing) and scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one kickoff return) in the Giants’ 52-27 win over New Orleans.
- He is the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff-return yards and 100 rushing yards in a game.
- Wilson is the fourth player in league history with two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a game (Andy Farkas in 1939, Steve Van Buren in 1945, Maurice Jones-Drew in 2006).
- Wilson had three kickoff returns of at least 50 yards against New Orleans, including a 97-yard touchdown that tied the score after the Saints had taken a 7-0 lead.
- Wilson’s 227 kickoff-return yards are the most in NFL history by a player with at least 100 rushing yards in the same game. The three previous record-holders were Pro Football Hall of Famers Van Buren, Gale Sayers and Walter Payton.
- In his rookie season from Virginia Tech, this is Wilson’s first career Player of the Week Award.
- He is the first Giants kick returner to be honored since David Meggett in 1994 (Week 1).