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Patrick Peterson Wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Arizona Cardinal rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson has been wowing the sporting world with his kick return ability in his young career, already tying Jack Christiansen (1951), Rick Upchruch (1976) and Devin Hester (2007) with four kick return touchdowns in a season, an NFL record. Now Peterson can put another accolade on the shelf after being named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for week 12 of the season. 

In his first year out of LSU, Peterson's nabbed his second Player of the Week Award after taking home the honors in week 9 as well. Peterson is the first Cardinals returner to be named Special Teams Player of the Week multiple times, and is the first since Kurt Warner to be honored twice in a season (Weeks 9 and 13, 2009). 

Peterson scampered for an 80-yard punt-return TD to help clinch the Cardinals 23-20 victory in St. Louis this past Sunday, becoming the first player in NFL history with four punt-return scores of at least 80 yards in a single season. Also, Peterson and Jack Christiansen are the only rookies to accomplish this feat, as well as the only players in NFL history to score four punt-return touchdowns during their first 11 games in the NFL. 

Only six players in NFL history have four 80+ punt-return touchdowns in their entire career, Peterson has accomplished the feat in just 31 return tries. 

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