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Edelman Wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Says 'That's A Unit Award'

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. ó Patriots running back Brandon Bolden and tight end Tim Wright could not block the punt after Broncos punter Britton Colquitt fumbled the snap, but Julian Edelman made up for it on the other end with a spectacular 84-yard touchdown return.

That is why Edelman has been named the Week 9 AFC special teams player of the week. The Patriots have never seen a punt returner as good as Edelman, who now holds the team record with four career punt return touchdowns.

"That's a whole unit play," Edelman said. "I feel like it wouldn't have been possible without crucial blocks and good scheming, so that's a unit award."

Edelman may even be the best punt returner the NFL has ever seen. His average of 12.6 yards per punt return is the highest among active players and the third-highest in NFL history

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ran up to congratulate his friend and teammate, making a beeline for the end zone on the opposite Brady may never be as fast as Edelman, but the dynamic return man was still surprised at how fast Brady came up on him.

"It was unbelievable," Edelman said. "He's looking as fast as ever."

This is Edelman's second time winning the award, with the first time coming in Week 11 of the 2011 season for a 72-yard punt return touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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