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Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt Honored as FedEx Players of the Week

Posted Sep 14, 2017

Hunt’s performance last Thursday also landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated

It’s been a big week for Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt.

Smith was named the FedEx Air Player of the Week on Thursday while Hunt was honored as the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for a league-high 368 yards and four touchdowns in last Thursday’s season-opening win over the New England Patriots. His efforts also netted him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday.

Despite the awards, Smith is keeping his focus on the field.

“I think you play long enough, you realize how quickly things can change,” Smith said. “One week everybody is raving about you, and then how quickly it can flip if you drink the Kool-Aid. I think you have to be careful with that a little bit.”

Hunt was recognized after his record-breaking debut against New England. Hunt carried the ball 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown while adding five catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. In all, the rookie racked up 246 yards from scrimmage – the most ever in a player’s NFL debut.  

It was a remarkable performance from Kansas City’s third-round pick out of the University of Toledo, and it didn’t go unnoticed, as Hunt will be featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.

“It’s really a dream come true,” Hunt said. “I’ve seen big name guys on there, so to be on there too is a dream come true.”

Though like Smith, Hunt’s mindset remains unchanged despite the spotlight.

“I’m just going to stay myself, nothing’s changed,” Hunt said. “I’m not going to make it bigger than what it is. I’m just going to keep going out there and playing football. I love this game and that’s what I do.”

Hunt, Smith and the rest of the Chiefs will be back on the field this Sunday as Kansas City takes on the Philadelphia Eagles at Arrowhead Stadium.

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