Gators in the NFL: Week 17 Performance Awards

Track the Gators in the NFL and see how they are doing via our weekly awards format!

Emmitt Smith Award: Top Offensive Performer

Ben Troupe, Tennessee Titans

In the final week of the regular season, Troupe wins this award for the first time with four receptions for 75 yards in the Titans win over Detroit, 24-19. In a weekend mostly devoid of any offensive production by former Gators, Troupe had an outstanding game, especially considering he is a tight end.

Jack Youngblood Award: Top Defensive Performer

Todd Johnson, Chicago Bears

Johnson had six tackles and one assist in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, 31-14. While Johnson and his team received a solid trouncing, Johnson proved once again why he is one of the most promising former Gators in the NFL.

Mr. Two Bits Award

Mike Peterson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Peterson had yet another good game in the Jaguars win over Oakland 13-6 with five tackles and two assists. Unfortunately, the win by Peterson and his Jaguar teammates was not enough to earn them a spot in the playoffs. The Jags were eliminated when the Broncos defeated Indianapolis. It was most certainly not the way Peterson would have wanted to end an otherwise excellent personal season.

The Red Zone

Darrell Jackson, Seattle Seahawks

Jackson scored one touchdown in Seattle's win over Atlanta on Sunday, 28-26. Jackson was also one yard shy of having a 1,200 yard season. If only he had been able to get nine reception yards instead of eight.

I Wish I Were Back In Hogtown…

Chris Doering, Pittsburgh Steelers

Doering was released by the Steelers on Friday, December 30. Too bad he won't be able to be part of a team that certainly seems Super Bowl bound.

Calling Dr. Pete

Kevin Carter, Tennessee Titans: Undisclosed

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