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Roethlisberger top AFC player

Dec. 23, 2009 at 4:43 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time this season and the fifth time in his career.

The six-year veteran from Miami-Ohio passed for a franchise-record 503 yards with three touchdowns, including a game-ending 19-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace in the Steelers' 37-36 victory over Green Bay.

He was joined in the AFC by Baltimore cornerback Dominique Foxworth (Defense) and Cleveland kick returner Joshua Cribbs (Special Teams).

Foxworth, from Maryland, made a career-high two interceptions with three tackles in the Ravens' 31-7 romp over the Chicago Bears.

Cribbs, in his fifth season, had two electrifying touchdowns on 100- and 103-yard kickoff returns in the Browns' 41-34 win at Kansas City.

The Kent State product is the ninth player in league history with two kick-return touchdowns in the same contest and holds the NFL record with eight in his career.

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