Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez was named ‘AFC Special Teams Player of the Week’ following his Week 7 standout performance against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football:
Longest punt in franchise history ✅— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 27, 2021
AFC Player of the Week ✅ pic.twitter.com/rTo15BvH3v
In sloppy (miserable) conditions, Sanchez punted 6 times for 273 total punt yards (averaging 45.5 yards per punt)—including the longest punt in Colts franchise history of 79 total yards (which still defies logic in how it shouldn’t be ruled a safety after 49ers punt returnman Brandon Aiyuk initially mishandled the punt, kicked it backwards, and eventually booted it out of his own end zone—and instead was ruled a touchback).
It’s the second time that Sanchez has earned such honors this year, as he was previously given the award after his punting prowess against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4.
While his record-breaking long punt of 79 yards was a bit flukey in poor weather conditions, Sanchez does appear to be hitting his stride as a punter this season (and he also handles the Colts’ holding duties and kickoffs quite well).