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Grant chosen Special Teams Player of Week

Jakeem Grant in action against the Green Bay Packers.

Bears return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday night's game in Green Bay.

Grant, who was acquired in a trade with the Dolphins Oct. 5, returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown against the Packers, the longest punt return in Bears history. He also had a 34-yard punt return and a 46-yard touchdown reception in the game.

Grant's punt return TD was the first in the NFL this season. He currently ranks second in the league with an average of 13.2 yards per punt return.

This is the third player of the week award in Grant's six-year NFL career. He was previously honored while playing for the Dolphins in 2018 after returning a kickoff 102 yards for a TD and in 2020 after bringing back a punt 88 yards for a score.

Grant now has six kick return touchdowns, four on punts and two on kickoffs. 

He is the first Bears player to be named NFC player of the week since Week 6 of last season when kicker Cairo Santos won special teams honors after making all three field goals he attempted from 31, 55 and 31 yards in a 23-16 win over the Panthers.

Here's a list of the 10 longest punt return touchdowns in Bears history, topped by Pro Bowler Jakeem Grant Sr.'s 97-yarder during Week 15's game in Green Bay.

Larry Mayer

Bears Senior Writer

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