Doug Flutie of the New England Patriots is the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played the 17th week of the 2005 season (December 31-January 1), the NFL announced today.
In one of the 2005 season's most memorable moments, New England quarterback DOUG FLUTIE successfully executed the NFL's first drop kick since the 1941 NFL Championship Game when he booted an extra point in the fourth quarter of a 28-26 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Prior to Flutie's play, a drop kick had not been converted in an NFL game since RAY MC LEAN of the Chicago Bears did so following a touchdown in a 37-9 championship game victory over the New York Giants on Dec. 21, 1941. Flutie also became the first Patriots non-kicker to execute a successful kick (field goal or extra point) since linebacker STEVE ZABEL booted an extra point in the fourth quarter of a 31-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 12, 1976.
In his 12th year from Boston College, this is Flutie's fifth Player of the Week award and his first for his special teams play.