Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the National Football League office announced on Wednesday. The weekly accolade is a career first for Badgley and marks the second straight week that a Chargers player has won the award.
Badgley nailed a franchise-record 59-yard field goal to close out the first half against Cincinnati, topping Nate Kaeding's previous mark of 57 yards set in 2008. The University of Miami product was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day in field goals, also connecting on kicks from 31, 32 and 45 yards. Badgley finished the game with 14 points to bring his career total to 62, passing Dennis Partee for the most by a Chargers kicker through seven career games.
Badgley's franchise-record 59-yard field goal was the third-longest in NFL history by a kicker within the first seven games of his career. The Summit, N.J., native is 14-of-15 in field goals and 20-of-21 on extra points this season.