K.D. Williams Named Special Teams Player of Week

Quarterback KURT WARNER of the St. Louis Rams, defensive end MICHAEL STRAHAN of the New York Giants and special teamer K.D. WILLIAMS of the Green Bay Packers are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the third week of the 2001 season (September 30-October 1), the NFL announced today.

Warner completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4 percent) for 328 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.3 passer rating in the Rams' 42-10 win over Miami. The Dolphins entered the game with the AFC's fourth-ranked defense.

In his fourth season out of Northern Iowa, this is Warner's third Player of the Week Award.

Strahan had 3.0 sacks for minus-26 yards, seven tackles and two forced fumbles in the Giants' 21-13 victory over New Orleans. Both of Strahan's forced fumbles came on his sacks of Saints quarterback AARON BROOKS.

In his ninth season out of Texas Southern, this is Strahan's third Player of the Week Award.

Williams had three special teams tackles and one fumble recovery on a kickoff in the Packers' 28-7 win over Carolina. The Packers scored following Williams' third-quarter fumble recovery to take a 21-7 lead.

In his third season from Henderson State, this is Williams' first Player of the Week Award.

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 3 were: Atlanta quarterback CHRIS CHANDLER, who completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 308 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.9 passer rating, and Falcons running back MAURICE SMITH, who had 188 yards from scrimmage in Atlanta's 34-14 win over Arizona; Minnesota quarterback DAUNTE CULPEPPER, who threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and ran for another in the Vikings' 20-16 win over Tampa Bay; and Green Bay quarterback BRETT FAVRE, who completed 25 of 39 attempts (64.1 percent) for 308 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 92.7 passer rating.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 3 were: Atlanta linebacker KEITH BROOKING, who had six tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception; Tampa Bay linebacker DERRICK BROOKS, who had a club-record 23 tackles; New Orleans linebacker CHARLIE CLEMONS, who had 2.5 sacks; St. Louis linebacker LONDON FLETCHER, who had 14 tackles, one sack and an interception; Green Bay defensive end KABEER GBAJA-BIAMILA, who had 2.0 sacks; and San Francisco linebacker DEREK SMITH, who had 11 tackles and a sack in the 49ers' 19-17 win over the New York Jets.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 3 were: San Francisco kicker JOSE CORTEZ, who scored 13 points, including four out of four field goals; Atlanta rookie kicker JAY FEELY, who scored 10 points, with an NFL season-long 55-yard field goal; and New York punter RODNEY WILLIAMS, who averaged 46.5 yards on eight punts.

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