Trindon Holliday named AFC Special Teams player of the week

Streeter Lecka

Trindon Holliday had a fantastic performance this past week against the Giants.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holliday was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the NFL informed the Broncos on Wednesday.

Holliday returned four punts for 121 yards (30.3 avg.), including an 81-yard touchdown, in Denver's 41-23 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 34 yards (17.0 avg.).

The touchdown marked his fifth special-teams return score in just his 19th career game played (including postseason). The fourth-year player has returned a kickoff or a punt for a touchdown in every 3.8 games to rank first in NFL history (he has a return score for every 2.6 games played as a Bronco). His five total return scores also rank second in team history, trailing only Rick Upchurch (8) in that category.

The AFC Special Teams Player of the Week recognition marks the second such honor of Holliday's career. He was also the last Broncos player to take home the award, doing so in Week 9 of 2012 after setting a franchise record with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Cincinnati.  Here's how his numbers stack up in the NFL and Broncos history books:

HIGHEST SPECIAL-TEAMS RETURN TOUCHDOWN RATE, SINCE 1970 NFL MERGER (min. 15 overall GP)

Player

Years

GP

Ret TD

GP/TD

1.

Trindon Holliday, Hou./Den.

2010-pres.

19

5

3.8

2.

Jerome Mathis, Hou.

2005-07

17

3

5.7

3.

Devin Hester, Chi.

2006-pres.

114

18

6.3

4.

Jacoby Ford, Oak.

2010-pres.

26

4

6.5

5.

Gale Sayers, Chi.

1965-71

64

8

8.0


Byron Hanspard, Atl.

1997, '99

16

2

8.0

MOST SPECIAL-TEAMS RETURN TOUCHDOWNS, BRONCOS HISTORY (postseason included)

Player

GP

KR TDs

PR TDs

Total

1.

Rick Upchurch

124

0

8

8

2.

Trindon Holliday

13

2

3

5

3.

Eddie Royal

59

1

2

3


Deltha O'Neal

62

1

2

3


Darrien Gordon

39

0

3

3

A hearty congratulations and a Mile High Salute to Trindon!

GO BRONCOS!!!

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