Dex Wins AFC Special Team Prize For December

Punt returner Dexter McCluster was named the AFC’s special teams player of the month for December on Wednesday by the league office.

The honor comes a week after McCluster was named to the Pro Bowl roster as a returner for the first time in his 4-year NFL career.

In December, McCluster had 12 returns for 232 yards and a touchdown. His big performance came against Washington, where on a sloppy field and in the snow, he returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and had 7 returns for a total of 177 yards. It was one of the days that allowed him to establish new franchise records for punt returns (58) and punt return yardage (686) in a single season.

McCluster joined OLB Justin Houston, who was named the AFC defensive player of the month for September. He’s the first Chiefs returner to win the honor since Dante Hall in September 2003.

Over the last six seasons, McCluster becomes only the third Chiefs player to the monthly honor, joining Houston and QB Matt Cassel, who was the AFC offensive player of the month in November 2010. Since the designation was started by the league, Chiefs players have won it 21 times, topped by RB Priest Holmes, RB Larry Johnson, DE Neil Smith, OLB Derrick Thomas and returner Tamarick Vanover.

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