When is making six field goals in a game in addition to making a touchdown-saving tackle not good enough to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award? Apparently, it’s when another kicker makes a 53-yard field goal to win a game.
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell was definitely snubbed Wednesday morning as Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 15. Succop won the award for making a 53-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Titans to a 19-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Succop also made a 39-yard kick earlier in the contest along with an extra-point try.
As for Boswell, his franchise record-tying six field goals accounted for 18 of the Steelers’ 24 points in their Sunday victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Additionally, his touchdown-saving tackle on Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson’s 72-yard kickoff return late in the second quarter ultimately saved four-points as that drive ultimately ended with a field goal.
To add insult to injury, Boswell also received word Wednesday morning that he had been randomly selected for a drug test. Was this because he kicked three 49-yard field goals on Sunday? Who really knows, but the timing is surely curious to say the least.
Boswell, however, did have a great response to his drug test notification on Twitter.
“If I’m on steroids than I definitely need a refund cuz I got the wrong juice,” the Steelers kicker posted.
While Boswell failed to win the weekly AFC special teams award for his performance Sunday, he did receive a game ball from head coach Mike Tomlin afterwards.