Zuerlein Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein received the first of what figures to be a number of honors in his career Wednesday as the NFC announced him as its Special Teams Player of the Week.

Zuerlein received the award for the kicking tour de force against Seattle on Sunday when he converted all four of his field goal attempts – including makes from distances of 58 and 60 yards – and his lone extra point attempt.

“Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season,” Rams running back Steven Jackson said Sunday after the game. “He’s doing a great job. Pretty much all we have to do is get across the 50-yard line and we’re within his range.”

In the process of winning the award, Zuerlein hit a number of notable milestones that already have his name in lofty places in franchise and league record books.

- The 60-yard make is the longest field goal in league history by a rookie and just the 10th make from that distance in NFL history.

- The 58-yard make gave Zuerlein the franchise record for longest field goal in team history, a record he broke about a half hour later when he hit from 60 yards out.

- Zuerlein became the first player in league history to hit from 50-plus yards and 60-plus yards on two kicks in the same game.

- In converting all four of his field goal attempts, Zuerlein is now 12-of-12 on the season, which is a franchise record for a rookie kicker.

Beyond just his work last week, Zuerlein has scored 41 points, good for fourth in the league among kickers. The 56-yard field goal he kicked against Chicago in Week 3 is a Soldier Field record.