Green named NFC's Offensive Player of the Week
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
The Green Bay News Chronicle
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after Sunday's win over Denver, when he set records with a 98-yard touchdown run.
Green became the first Packer in history to rush for more than 200 yards in a game, with 218 on 20 carries in a 31-3 win over the Broncos.
That victory, along with Minnesota's loss to Arizona, clinched the NFC North division championship for the Packers.
Green also set a franchise record for the longest run from scrimmage with the 98-yard TD, breaking a record set in 1939. The play was also the second-longest run from scrimmage in the 84-year history of the NFL.
Tony Dorsett scored on a 99-yard run for Dallas on Jan. 3, 1983.
Green finished the 2003 season with a franchise-record 1,883 yards rushing. He also ended with 20 touchdowns, moving him past Jim Taylor for the Packers' single-season record.
"The biggest thing for us in this game was just getting the win," Green said. "Now that we made the playoffs, we are excited about facing Seattle. Their defense is going to be flying around and it will be another intense game, both for us and for them."
Green also was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in weeks four and 12 this year.
It's also the second straight week a Packer received the honor. Quarterback Brett Favre won the award last week.
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