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Vikings’ Kene Nwangwu named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kickoff return touchdown against Patriots

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The Minnesota Vikings’ Kene Nwangwu has been named the new NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Nwangwu had five kickoff returns for 166 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown, in the Vikings’ win over the New England Patriots last Thursday.

The return touchdown was a decisive play in what turned out to be a 33-26 victory for the Vikings. The Patriots had just scored a touchdown on the opening drive of he third quarter to go up 23-16, but Nwangwu was able to tie the game again with one play.

Him earning a Special Teams Player of the Week as a result did not come as a surprise.

The honor marks the second time in his career he has received it following Week 9 of the 2021 season. Nwangwu therefore now also shares a rare distinction with an ex-Patriot: he and former New England cornerback/return specialist Ellis Hobbs are the only former Iowa State players winning multiple Special Teams Player of the Week awards.