Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Dewayne White was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday.
White received the award after blocking Atlanta kicker Todd Peterson’s 28-yard field goal attempt in the overtime period of last Saturday’s game vs. the Falcons.
“We’ve been trying to block one all year,” White said. “[We] came close a couple times. Sometimes we just make the kicker kick it wide-left or wide-right and it just happened we got our hand on one this time.”
The Bucs went on to win the game vs. the Falcons with K Matt Bryant’s 41-yard field goal with just 15 second remaining in overtime.
The blocked field goal was the second one of White’s career, with his first coming against the Carolina Panthers in 2004. Needless to say, White’s blocked field goal was bigger than the one he had in a losing effort to Carolina in ’04.
“Yes, that we actually won the game,” White said when asked if the blocked field goal was the biggest play of his career. “I had a blocked one last year that we didn’t win in Carolina, so to actually have to block it and then get the win was great.”
White is the first Bucs non-kicker or punter to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award since tight end Todd Yoder earned the honor by blocking a punt vs. Baltimore in Week 16 of the 2001 season.
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