BEREA, Ohio--The 'Prince of Parma' is honored.
Browns defenisve lineman Jamie Meder was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday against the Chargers. Meder blocked a field goal attempt by San Diego's Josh Lambo from 32-yards out that prevented the Chargers from tying the game with 3:45 to play in the Browns 20-17 win. He was the first Browns player to block a field goal since Nov. 30, 2014. Meder also had a tackle and a quarterback hit on defense.
After the game, Joe Thomas praised Meder.
"‘The Pierogi Prince of Parma’ does it again," Thomas said laughing. "That man is awesome. He is one of my favorites. I think he is playing in the polka band here this weekend on Christmas Day so if you guys get a chance, go out and watch him. He is the accordion player. He is awesome. I love a blue-collar guy like that. He is a man after my own heart. You do not hear a lot from the guy during the week, but he is a guy that has fought his way from the bottom and he has made a huge impact on this team. If he was standing here, I would love to give him a hug.”
Meder grew up in Parma Heights, attended Valley Forge High School, and also played college football at Ashland University.
This is Meder’s first Special Teams Player of the Week Award and the Browns’ first since WR Travis Benjamin won in Week 2 in 2015. Meder joins Corey Coleman (Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 2) as weekly NFL award winners this season.
Since special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and special teams assistant Shawn Mennenga joined the Browns in 2011, the team has won seven AFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards, including at least one each season.