RICKY RECOGNITION

Running back Ricky Williams wasn't going to be overlooked by the NFL two weeks in a row.

After being bypassed for AFC Offensive Player of the Week despite a 228-yard performance at Buffalo, Williams earned the award this week for his efforts in the 27-9 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Williams finished that game with 216 yards, as he became the third player in NFL history with consecutive 200-yard games.

It's the second time in three weeks Williams has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week — he also was recognized for his performance in the 30-3 home victory over the San Diego Chargers.

With this week's honor, Williams becomes the third Dolphins player to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week at least twice in the same season.

Not surprisingly, Dan Marino is one of the others, having achieved the feat five times (1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1999). The other is quarterback Scott Mitchell, who was honored twice in 1993 after Marino was lost for the season because of an Achilles tendon injury.


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