Marcus Sherels became the first Minnesota Vikings punt returner to win the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown helped the team to a 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears.
Sherels is the first punt returner in team history to win the award, but he has recorded a franchise-record three punt returns for touchdowns.
His touchdown Sunday was the fifth time Sherels has returned a punt more than 50 yards, another franchise record, and he averages a franchise-best 10.6 yards in his career.
His touchdown also marked the ninth time special teams has scored a touchdown since Mike Priefer became coordinator of those units in 2011 – four on kickoff returns, three punt returns and two blocked punts. That’s tie for the most in the NFL in that span.