New Orleans Saints LB Michael Mauti was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Mauti blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in the win against the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday.
It was the first blocked punt of Mauti's career, as well as his first career touchdown.
The last time the Saints blocked and returned a punt for a touchdown was on Sept. 9, 2012 vs. Washington, when DE Martez Wilson blocked a punt and it was recovered and returned four yards by WR Courtney Roby.
Rich Mauti, Michael's father who spent six seasons with the Saints, had 75 career punt returns and 126 career kickoff returns in the NFL – none for touchdowns.
Photos of Michael Mauti vs the Atlanta Falcons. Photos by Michael C. Hebert.