Cleveland Browns rookie Travis Benjamin has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played on December 6-10, the NFL announced today. Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown during the Browns 30-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 9.
The play marked the longest punt return in Browns history, surpassing the previous record of 92 set by Eric Metcalf in 1994. It was also the first time a Browns rookie returned a punt for a touchdown since Ben Davis in 1967.
Also in the game Sunday, Benjamin had a rush for 15 yards on a double reverse that went to the Kanas City 45-yard line, setting up a Trent Richardson 1-yard touchdown run five plays later.
This is the first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for Benjamin, who is the first Browns rookie to earn the award since Andre’ Davis in Week 8 of the 2002 season. Benjamin is the first Brown to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors since Joshua Cribbs in Week 2 of the 2011 season.