MIAMI – Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15, it was announced today by the National Football League.
Thomas, a first-year pro who was playing in his first career NFL game, had 2 tackles, 2 passes defensed and one interception in the Dolphins 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots on December 15, 2013. Thomas, who was signed to the Miami active roster on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad, sealed the Dolphins first victory over the Patriots since December 6, 2009 when he intercepted New England quarterback Tom Brady in the endzone with two seconds remaining preserving the 24-20 victory.
The honor for Thomas marks the second time in team history that a Dolphins player has been honored by the NFL with a Player of the Week award for a performance in their first career NFL game. Following the 1996 season opener against New England, then rookie running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week when he rushed for 115 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown in a 24-10 victory over the Patriots.
Thomas joins defensive ends Olivier Vernon (Week 13) and Cameron Wake (Week Nine) as the third Dolphins defensive player to win Player of the Week honors in 2013.
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