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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Eric Weems Special Teams Player of Week

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Here in the NFC South, where a lot of fans sometimes feel like their teams don’t get enough respect or attention, things might be changing a bit.

Respect and attention often come with winning and that’s happening for the 10-2 Atlanta Falcons. The latest example came a little bit ago when the NFL announced that Eric Weems has been selected as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Weems set a franchise-record when he returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown in a 28-24 victory against Tampa Bay. You can read my column on Weems (and Atlanta cornerback Brent Grimes) from Sunday by clicking here.

But let’s just say it’s good to see Weems getting this kind of attention. He’s second in the NFL with a 28.1-yard average on kickoff returns. He also comes with a great back story. He came out of Bethune-Cookman University as an undrafted free agent and has carved a nice niche as a return man and receiver in four NFL seasons.