Alabama Native Earns Player of the Week Honors in the NFL
Evan "Shooter" McPherson has been named the special teams player of the week for the AFC after a two field goal and three extra point performance, including a 57 yarder. The Fort Payne, AL native's performance helped push the Bengals past the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football in a game that was marred by the scary head injury that Tua Tagovailoa sustained.
McPherson has been dominant since entering the league last season as the Bengals' fifth-round draft choice. He tied Cincinnati's franchise record for distance on a made field goal at 59 yards this season, made nearly 85% of his kicks as a rookie, and was nine for 11 outside of 50 yards that season.
Additionally, McPherson tied a record set by arguably the greatest NFL kicker of all time, Adam Vinatieri, during last years' magical run to the Super Bowl for the Bengals when he made 14 field goals in the post season and didn't miss a single one. That's pretty good company to keep.
McPherson is the first player to ever play in an NFL regular season game after graduating from Fort Payne High School.