The NFL has been handing out its Player of the Week honors since 1984. They’re largely ceremonial, a recognition of the top individual performances in each conference.
But sometimes they’re notable, and that’s the case this week.
Bosa brothers win
The NFL announced the six Week 8 honorees on Wednesday morning, and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers was recognized as AFC Defensive Player of the Week and little brother Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Joey Bosa had seven tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss in the Chargers’ win over Chicago, while Nick had three sacks, three tackles for loss and an interception in the 49ers’ win over Carolina.
Second set of brothers recognized
We’re pretty sure that this is the second time that brothers have been recognized in the same week. In Week 2 of the 2006 season, Payton Manning and Eli Manning were AFC and NFC Offensive Players of the Week.
That week, Peyton and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans, with Peyton completing 26-of-38 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns; Eli and the Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles, with Eli completing 31-of-43 passes for 371 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Twins Tiki and Ronde Barber were each recognized multiple times, and twice it happened in consecutive weeks, but they were never NFC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week in the same week.
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