Ed "PiDouble I" Henderson
Johnny Hekker, the punter for the Los Angeles Rams, was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. On Monday night, Hekker had a game for the ages as he punted the ball five times, landing the ball inside the 20-yard line.
If that was not good enough for you, he was even better playing the ball the four times inside the ten-yard line. Hekker punts were pivotal for the Rams defense to unhinge different schemes at the Chicago Bears offense and not allow their returner to rip off significant returns. In described as the watermelon punt, Hekker was able to place the ball at the Bears one-yard line.
Hekker boomed a 63-yard punt in the game that changed the game's onset after the Bears scored a touchdown on a Rams turnover and forced the Rams to punt on the next possession. Hekker's fifth and final punt of the night even had the announcer from last night game applauded his efforts and lobbied for him to win this award.
Tyler Bass of the Buffalo Bills kicked six field goals Sunday against the New York Jets that were good enough for a victory and missed three field goals. The three misses more than likely helped Hekker to edge him out.
Being named for the fourth time in his career as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Hekker now matches his NFC Pro Bowl total selections after this week's naming.