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Harrison Butker Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Nov 1, 2017

Butker made five field goals in Kansas City’s win on Monday night

Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie kicker Harrison Butker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 8, the league announced on Wednesday.

Butker connected on five field goals in Kansas City’s win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night and has made 18 straight since joining the Chiefs in Week 4.

“I found out this morning,” Butker said. "Coach Reid told the whole team, so it was a surprise to me. I wasn’t thinking about it after the game, but I’m really happy I got it. It’s nice getting recognized, the whole operation really—the line blocking, James (Winchester) snapping and (Dustin) Colquitt holding the ball. For all of us to get recognized was a big deal and we’re all happy.”

He’s the first player in NFL history to hit five or more field goals twice in his rookie season, and is closing in on a pair of Chiefs franchise records.

Butker is seven kicks shy of matching Cairo Santos (2014) and Ryan Succop (2009) for the most successful attempts by a rookie in team history, and four kicks shy of tying Succop (2011) and Pete Stoyanovich (1997) for the most made field goals in a row.

The 22-year-old Butker is the first rookie kicker in franchise history to win the award. 

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