Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns Monday night in the teams’ regular season opener against the Washington Redskins and on Wednesday he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Williams, who carried the football 26 times Monday night in addition to catching 6 passes for 28 yards in the game, registered the rushing most yards for a 33-year-old player since Emmitt Smith in 2004. Additionally, Williams’ 143 rushing yards were the most in a season opener for the Steelers since Willie Parker rushed for 161 yards against Tennessee Titans in 2005.
Williams also became the fifth active player with at least 7,500 rushing yards, at least 2,000 receiving yards and at least 60 total touchdowns in a career against the Redskins.
This is the first time that Williams’ has won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors during his career. He was, however, previously named NFC Player of the Week in 2008 while playing with the Carolina Panthers.
Take another bow, DeAngelo, as you certainly deserve it.