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Harrison Butker Named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Dec 27, 2017

The rookie kicker connected on five field goals last Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie kicker Harrison Butker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday morning.

“It’s a huge honor to get recognized across the AFC," Butker said. "There’s kickers, punters, long snappers, returners and everyone else included in there, so it’s an honor.”

Butker connected on five field goals in Kansas City’s division-clinching win over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, the most of any kicker on the weekend, and he made some history in the process.

The 22-year-old kicker has now tallied 36 field goals on the year, setting a new franchise record for made kicks in a single season. What makes Butker’s accomplishment all the more remarkable is that he did so in just 12 games.

Butker signed with Kansas City prior to Week 4 and has made 36 of his 40 attempts since dawning the red and gold.

This marks his second Player of the Week award, as he also took home the honor back in Week 8. Butker is just the third rookie in Chiefs’ history to win the award multiple times, joining Tyreek Hill (2016) and Tamarick Vanover (1995). 

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