- Peyton Manning (27), Tom Brady (25), and Drew Brees (22) are the offensive leaders in Player of the Week awards.
- The first non-quarterback, of course, is Jerry Rice (12). After him? It’s LaDainian Tomlinson and Barry Sanders, tied with eleven each.
- Among non-Hall of Famers (and non-likely HOFers who are not yet eligible), Boomer Esiason is the leader with 12 such honors. After him? Drew Bledsoe and Daunte Culpepper both have nine.
- Brady was so honored five times in 2007. That was the most ever, although it was equaled by Cam Newton last year. Barry Sanders ’97, Terrell Davis ’98, and Tomlinson ’06 are the only non-quarterbacks with four such honors in a season.
- Joe Montana had 8 OPOW awards in the NFC, and 5 in the AFC. No other player has more than two in both conferences (Brees has 20/2; Esiason has 10/2).
On the defensive side, the award totals are a bit lower, as you’d expect:
- Bruce Smith, Chris Doleman, Lawrence Taylor lead the way with 9 such honors. Ronde Barber has 8, and also was once named special teams player of the week.
- Barber, Ray Lewis, and Zach Thomas are tied for fourth place; Rod Woodson, Troy Polamalu, Jason Taylor, and Cornelius Bennett all have seven, rounding out the top ten.
- J.J. Watt has “only” been named AFC DPOW six times in his career. Terrell Suggs (2011), Sam Madison (1999), and David Fulcher (1989 Bengals) are the only AFC players to be DPOW three times in a season. Watt earned that honor twice in 2015, twice in 2014, and twice in 2012. On the NFC side, only La’Roi Glover (2000) picked up the award three times in a season.
- Charles Woodson, Mike Merriweather, John Abraham, William Thomas, Bryce Paup, and Pat Swilling are the only players with multiple AFC DPOW and NFC DPOW trophies.
Oh, and they actually give out six of these a week, so….
- Adam Vinatieri (15) is your special teams leader, though Devin Hester (14) is just one behind. Vinatieri did not have more than two in any season, and has not won the award since 2013. Hester, remarkably, won the award three times in 2006 and then four (!) times in 2007, while he last won it in 2014.
- John Carney (13), Jason Hanson (12), David Akers (9), and Morten Andersen (9) round out your top six in this category.
- Tim Brown (5 offense, 2 on special teams), Santana Moss (3/2), DeSean Jackson (3/2), and Reggie Bush (3/2) are the only players with multiple awards on both offense and special teams. Patrick Peterson (2/2) is the only defender to pull that off.