IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – In the win against Detroit (11/21), Bryan McCann had a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown which is the second-longest punt return by any player in club history.
It is also the second-longest by a rookie as Dennis Morgan (98 yards at St. Louis, 10/13/74) had the longest.
Along with his 101-yard interception return last week at the N.Y. Giants, McCann is the second player this season with two 90-plus yard returns for touchdowns in two-or-less consecutive games – Leon Washington had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Miami (9/26). McCann is the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Devin Hester had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, followed by a 96-yarder for a score on Dec. 11, 2006.
This is his first NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award and second weekly award overall. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week last week for his performance at the N.Y. Giants. This is the third player of the week award for the team this year – DeMarcus Ware, Week Three, NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
•first in club history to be named NFC Player of the Week in consecutive regular season games as Troy Aikman was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week against Philadelphia, 1/10/93 and at San Francisco, 1/17/93, both playoff games
•first Cowboy to win NFC Player of the Week honors in two different categories in the same season and the first in the NFL since DeSean Jackson of the Eagles (Week 1, 2009 and Week 14, 2009-Special Teams and Week 7, 2009-Offense)
•first to win the award in these two categories – Defense and Special Teams – in the same season since Antonio Cromartie of the Chargers (Week 9, 2007-Special Teams and Week 10, 2007-Defense)
•third Cowboy to win Player of the Week honors in two different categories, joining Bill Bates (Week 2, 1987-Defense; Week 7, 1994-Special Teams) and Herschel Walker (Week 16, 1987-Offense; Week 8, 1996-Special Teams)