When you start talking about handing out awards, especially for weekly performances, you're getting into a real subjective area.
But how Devin Hester was not named the NFC special teams player of the week for his performance at Detroit on Sunday is beyond this writer. An inquiry should be starterd.
Hester racked up 314 return yards, second in league history behind only New Orleans' Tyrone Hughes, who had 347 in 1994 vs. the Los Angeles Rams. Hester scored on a 97-yard kickoff return, his seventh career kick return touchdown, bringing him within six of Brian Mitchell's all-time record.
Instead, the award was given to Arizona's Steve Breaston. The rookie from Michigan, who holds the Big Ten's all-time punt return records, scored on a 73-yard punt return at the start of the fourth quarter. It turned out to be the go-ahead touchdown in the Cardinals' 21-14 upset of Pittsburgh. That's all Breaston did.
It was Arizona's first punt return for a touchdown since ex-Bear Johnny Bailey did the trick in 1993.
Granted, Breaston's team won. Sure, Hester fumbled twice giving him four in two games. But neither fumble was lost. The award doesn't say it goes to the finest performance in a winning effort. Am I missing something here besides an announcement Hester won from Lovie Smith later today?
Hester, who won the award after the Week 2 win over Kansas City when he also scored, claimed POW honors three times last season. His fifth should have come this week. Perhaps one day they'll just name the darn thing after him.