49ers RB earns player of the week

Running back JAMAL ROBERTSON of the San Francisco 49ers, safety DEKE COOPER of the Carolina Panthers and punter GABE LINDSTROM of the New York Giants are the NFL Europe League Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week...

Running back JAMAL ROBERTSON of the San Francisco 49ers, safety DEKE COOPER of the Carolina Panthers and punter GABE LINDSTROM of the New York Giants are the NFL Europe League Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the fifth week of the season (May 11-12).

Robertson earned offensive honors for his role in helping the Rhein Fire to their fourth consecutive victory, a 24-20 win over the Frankfurt Galaxy before a crowd of 41,109 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Robertson rushed for 188 yards on 12 carries, including touchdowns of 50, 90 and 20 yards, in a record-setting performance.  The 90-yard touchdown run was the longest run and longest touchdown run in NFL Europe history.  Robertson leads the league with 592 yards rushing, the highest total ever through a season's first five games.  He is also tops with 90 carries and six touchdowns this season.

"This was a great win for our team and our fans, and very important for me as well," Robertson said.  "I came from a small school in Ohio (Ohio Northern University) and hopefully now people will notice what I am doing to help the Fire win games."

Cooper earned defensive honors for his play in the Fire defensive backfield.  The safety had two interceptions in Rhein's win and finished with five tackles.  Cooper's first interception came on Frankfurt's opening drive and led to the Fire's first touchdown.  His second pickoff came at the Rhein 29-yard line with 1:23 remaining, ending Frankfurt's potential game-winning drive.  Cooper leads NFL Europe with four interceptions.

Special teams honors went to the Giants' Lindstrom.  He averaged 43.3 yards on four punts for Frankfurt, pinning two inside the 20-yard line.  Lindstrom's punting helped limit Rhein to an average of 4.0 yards per punt return.

F.C. Barcelona safety SAMYR HAMOUDI earned national honors for his five-tackle, one-interception effort against Berlin.  The French native has eight career interceptions in NFL Europe.


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