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Bucs' Spurlock earns weekly special teams honor

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Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM
TAMPA -

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made history Wednesday without even playing a game.

When return man Micheal Spurlock was named the NFC's special teams player of the week it marked the first time in league history a team had three different players honored in that category in the same season.

Spurlock, who returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown to help force overtime during the Bucs' 20-17 victory over the Saints on Sunday, joins Clifton Smith and Sammie Stroughter as so-honored Bucs special teams standouts.

Spurlock's honor comes a week after he was signed by the Bucs. Spurlock made team history two seasons ago when he returned a kickoff for touchdown for the first time in franchise history on Dec. 16, 2007, against the Falcons.

Since then Spurlock has been living what his brother referred to as "the life of a truck driver,'' traveling all over the country while playing for the 49ers of the NFL and the Florida Tuskers of the fledgling United Football League.

"It's been a long road for me but every time you go out there you want to put something on tape to show you've still got it,'' Spurlock said. "I hope this does that, but you can't live in the past.

"I want people to talk about the next one and the next one after that, so that they actually forget about the first one. I just want to keep making new memories; that's my goal.''

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