The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that running back/punt returner/offensive weapon/bundle of joy Darren Sproles has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season.
The award is well deserved. Sproles returned three punts in Philadelphia's blowout victory over the Carolina Panthers for 85 yards including a 65-yard touchdown score.
The award marks just the third time Sproles has been named Special Teams Player of the Week during his career. It's his fourth career Player of the Week award. Three of those four career awards have come in this season. Sproles was named Offensive Player of the Week in Week 2 and Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 4.
To make matters even more impressive, Sproles is just the second NFL player ever to win two Special Teams Player of the Week and one Offensive Player of the Week in same season. Former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson did it in 2009.
On Monday night, Sproles joined DeSean Jackson (two in 2009) and Brian Westbrook (two in 2003) as the only Eagles with multiple punt return scores in the same season. Only Jackson (four) has more punt return touchdowns in his Eagles career and Sproles has only played in eight games with the team. Sproles has seven career return touchdowns, tying him with Tedd Ginn Jr. for fourth among active players. He trails only Devin Hester (19), Jacoby Jones (9) and Leon Washington (8).
Sproles is averaging 17.0 yards per punt return this year, which is the best ever by an Eagles player in a single season or a career.
Sproles continues to make the Eagles look brilliant (and the New Orleans Saints look bad) for trading away a fifth round pick in the offseason to acquire him. The 31-year old veteran has been extremely critical to Philadelphia's success.