Kamara, Chase, Jones among NFL Player of the Week award winners

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Alvin Kamara
(Photo: William E. Anthony)

Saints running back Alvin Kamara and a pair of Catholic League and LSU alumni made up half of the six winners of NFL Player of the Week announced by the league Wednesday morning.

Kamara, named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week, had 179 yards from scrimmage in the Saints’ 13-10 Monday Night Football victory at Seattle.

He rushed for 51 yards and caught 10 passes for 128 yards and New Orleans’ only touchdown of the night.

Former LSU and Archbishop Rummel standout Ja’Marr Chase was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after the Cincinnati Bengals rookie turned in a career-best performance in a 41-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Chase caught eight passes for a Bengals rookie record 201 yards, including a 82-yard catch and run for a score.

Chase, whose 754 receiving yards are the most in the first seven games of a career in NFL history, is the first rookie to win an offensive player of the week award in 2021.

Jones, who graduated from Jesuit before heading to Baton Rouge, helped the Atlanta Falcons capture a 30-28 victory at Miami and earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the process.

Jones finished with 15 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.

Read more here from Ken Trahan on the performances of Catholic League alumni last Sunday.

The other winners announced Wednesday included New York Giants kicker Graham Gano (NFC special teams), Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (AFC defense) and Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez (AFC special teams).

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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