Kent State alum and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the months of December/January, the league announced on Wednesday (1/6). On December 30, the Cleveland Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America named the all-purpose sensation the Browns' Player of the Year.
Cribbs registered 17 kickoff returns for a 31.0-yard average with touchdowns of 100 and 103 yards, as the Browns recorded a 4-1 record, including four consecutive wins to end the season. He also recorded 14 punt returns for a 9.7-yard average. On offense, Cribbs recorded 25 rushes for 201 yards (8.0 avg.) with one touchdown and three receptions for 18 yards.
With his two kickoff returns for touchdowns against Kansas City on December 20, Cribbs became the second player in NFL history to record two touchdowns of at least 100 yards in a single-game. He is also the ninth player in league history with two kickoff return touchdowns in a game.
His first kickoff return for a touchdown set the NFL record for most kickoff returns for touchdowns with seven. Cribbs’ 305 total return yards were the fourth-highest total in a single-game in NFL history. He also recorded 269 kickoff return yards, which were also the fourth-highest single-game return total in league history and set the Browns’ franchise record. He has now moved into 14th on the all-time list with 8,084 career return yards (1,102 punt/6,982 kickoff).
This is the third AFC Special Teams Player of the Month Award for Cribbs in his career. He was awarded the honor twice in 2007.
Earlier this season, Cribbs was selected as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award for the third time in his career including twice this season. He is the first Browns player to win an AFC Player of the Week Award in consecutive weeks. He was awarded the honor for games played in Week 15, for his performance against the Chiefs and in Week 14, after registering 200 all-purpose yards during the Browns' 13-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 10.
On Sunday (1/3) during the Browns’ season-ending 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, finished with 58 total return yards to increase his season total to 1,994, the fourth-highest single season total in NFL history. With 2,214 total return yards in 2007, Cribbs holds two of the top four totals in NFL history.
Cribbs also racked up 2,510 all-purpose yards this season which ranks as the fourth-highest total in one season in NFL history.