Denver Broncos wide receiver/punt returner Glenn Martinez will be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played during the 11th week (Nov. 18-19) of the 2007 season, the National Football League informed the Broncos on Tuesday.
Martinez, in his second NFL season and first with the Broncos, returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Denver's 34-20 win over Tennessee on Monday night. His score gave the Broncos a 14-0 lead. It was the first punt returned for a touchdown by a Denver player since 2003 (Rod Smith, 65 yards, vs. San Diego) and the longest scoring return by a Bronco since 2001 (Deltha O'Neal, 86 yards, at Seattle).
The 80-yard scoring return by Martinez was one of four Denver touchdowns that covered 40 or more yards in the game, a first in Broncos history and the first time an NFL team has recorded as many scores from that range in a game since Minnesota did so in 2003.
The AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award is the first of Martinez's career and the second by a Bronco this season, joining K Jason Elam who won the award in Week 2. His selection marks the 17th time a Broncos player has received the award since it was initiated by the NFL in 1993.
I guess he deserves it, though his fumble made the game alot closer than it really needed to be.
Congrats to Martinez and the entire Special Teams crew...