Collins Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Giants quarterback's performance during team's 24-21 OT win over Redskins earns honor.

Kerry Collins today was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Giants' 24-21 overtime victory over the Redskins in Washington on Sunday. Collins completed 24 of 39 passes for 276 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

QB Kerry Collins has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Redskins in Week 3.

It was the second consecutive week in which Collins threw three touchdown passes. He is tied with Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck for the NFL lead with six touchdown passes. In leading the Giants to a 2-1 start, Collins has completed 59 of 106 passes for 743 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

This is the third time in two seasons, the fourth time since he joined the Giants and the fifth time in his career that Collins has received a Player of the Week honor. A Giants player has received the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award 12 times since it was instituted in 1984, including Jeremy Shockey in Week 17 last year.

Collins last won the award in the 16th week of the 2002 season, when he completed 23 of 29 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in a victory at Indianapolis. It was the second time he was honored in 2002. Collins was also named Player of the Week after a victory in St. Louis in Week 2, when he completed 22 of 26 passes (a Giants record 84.6 percent) for 307 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Prior to that award, Collins had been most recently honored for his outstanding game against the Jets on Dec. 5, 1999, when he completed 17 of 29 passes for 341 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions

Collins was first named Player of the Week as a member of the Carolina Panthers in Week 15 of the 1996 season. That afternoon, he completed 22 of 37 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns in leading the upstart Panthers past the 49ers in San Francisco.
Sept 24,03