Maynard Named NFC Special Teams Player of Month

LAKE FOREST, IL - Bears punter Brad Maynard has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. Maynard paced the special teams unit with 24 punts over the Bears' four November games and averaged 46.41 yards per kick in that span.

The fifth-year pro had a net average of 40.5 yards a kick over the last four games giving up only 141 yards in 21 returns (6.71 yards per return) and had longs of over 50 yards in each game highlighted by a 57-yard boot at Tampa Bay (11/18/01). More impressive was the Ball State grad's ability to pin the opponent inside the 20-yard line.

Maynard dropped 10 punts inside-the-20 over the last four games without recording a single touchback. Maynard has totaled only four touchbacks this season, compared to 21 punts inside-the-20 (already more than the Bears' 2000 season total of 20 punts inside-the-20), and has not recorded a touchback since October 28 (vs. SF).

Maynard is the second Bears player to win a monthy award this season and first Bears player to win an NFC Player of the Month award since Kevin Butler was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October in 1995. Running back Anthony Thomas was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month in October.

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