Justin Bethel named “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week”

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the fourth time this season, an Arizona Cardinal player has been named “Player of the Week.”

For his performance in Arlington, Tex., this past Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Justin Bethel was named “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.”

Bethel’s block of kicker Dan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal attempt allowed Arizona to keep its 14-10 lead heading into halftime. It was Bethel’s third-career field goal block, and the team’s second of the season [Tommy Kelly vs. 49ers in Week Three].

Bethel led the team with 21 special teams tackles in 2013, and so far this season, he’s leading the team again with eight special teams tackles.

Bethel is the 17th different Cardinals player to be named “Special Teams Player of the Week,” and it’s the 24th time in franchise history that a player has been named “Special Teams Player of the Week.” He’s the third player this season to be named “Special Teams Player of the Week.” Ted Ginn, Jr. was named after the Cardinals win over the New York Giants in Week Two, and kicker Chandler Catanzaro was selected after the Cardinals win over the Washington Redskins in Week Six.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was the other Cardinals player honored as “Player of the Week.” Fitzgerald was named “NFC Offensive Player of the Week,” after his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week Eight.

It’s the fourth straight year that the Cardinals have had back-to-back “Player of the Week” selections. John Abraham [Defensive, Week 14] and Jay Feely [Special Teams, Week 15] were selected in 2013, Calais Campbell [Defensive, Week Two] and Fitzgerald [Offensive, Week Three] were chosen in 2012 and Patrick Peterson [Special Teams, Week Nine] and Fitzgerald [Offense, Week 10] were selected in 2011.

It’s also the first time in team history that three different players were selected as “Special Teams Player of the Week” in the same season. The three “Special Teams Player of the Week” selections are tied for the most in a single season in franchise history [2009].

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