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All-Time NFL Players of the Week on Pro Football Reference
Posted by Mike Lynch on June 22, 2016
About 9 months ago, we added NFL Players of the Week back to 1997 on Pro Football Reference. Shortly after that, we were able to extend that data back to 1989. Now, thanks to an assist from football researcher extraordinaire John Turney, we have completed this data back to 1984, which was the first year that the NFL handed out these awards.
These winners can be seen on the pages we have built for each NFL Week (such as Week 1 of 1984) and also in this register of the all-time NFC/AFC Player of the Week winners. You'll notice that Special Teamers were first awarded in 1993.
It looks like Steve Young was given the defensive player of the week award for the NFC in week 17 of 1990. I assume this was a database error :)