Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (left) and running back David Johnson (right) earned NFC player of the week awards for their work in Chicago.
Larry Fitzgerald has put together a long and impressive career. David Johnson is just getting started.
Each had a performance Sunday that not only helped the Cardinals blow out the Bears -- the two combined for five touchdowns – but they both earned NFC Player of the Week awards. Fitzgerald was named offensive player of the week after his eight catches for 112 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, while Johnson was given the special teams player of the week nod after his
record-tying 108-yard kickoff return to open the game.
The only other time Fitzgerald has had three touchdowns in a game was against the Eagles in the NFC Championship game following the 2008 season. With 14 catches for 199 yards in two games, he has a chance to have his best season since 2011 – which was the last time he crossed the 1,000-yard barrier.
"What I'm capable of doing, what I've done, it speaks for itself," Fitzgerald said. "At this point, I'm just more so happy to be on a team that really has an opportunity to do something special.
"Being a part of something like this, when I didn't have that opportunity early on in my career, then there was a lull in the middle of my career, to have another opportunity (to win) is really what I think about, not so much my role. I know that if my number is called, I'm going to go out there and give it my best and make my plays, but I've never been around as deep of a team."
Fitzgerald had been named NFC offensive player of the week three times previous, coincidentally, all against Philadelphia, in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Johnson's first award came because of his record-setting return, but he also had a 13-yard touchdown run in the game and gained 42 yards on only five carries. In becoming the first player ever to score a touchdown on a kickoff return, rushing and receiving – he had a 55-yard game-clinching touchdown in Week 1 – Johnson had his signed jersey and shoes put on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week.
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