KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fresh off an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown and a Week Four victory, the NFL on Wednesday named Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
McCluster electrified Arrowhead Stadium during Kansas City’s 31-7 win against the visiting New York Giants. His second-half return proved a game changer, as the game was still in doubt prior to his touchdown.
“This was pretty special, especially at that time of the game,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of McCluster’s return. “Things were so close and we needed a little shot in the arm right there. He was able to do it.”
The fourth-year pro returned four punts for 113 yards, averaging 28.3 yards, in Sunday’s win and helped the Chiefs to move to 4-0 on the season.
McCluster’s 89-yard punt return-touchdown currently sits atop the league as the longest of the 2013 regular season. It’s also the fourth-longest in Chiefs history.
Wednesday’s honor marks the second of McCluster’s career. His last recognition came in Week One of the 2010 season.