Canadian Chase Claypool named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Photo courtesy: Caitlyn Epes/Pittsburgh Steelers

Canadian receiver Chase Claypool has drawn his first NFL accolade.

The 22-year-old Claypool was named the American Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL for his four touchdown performance in a 38-29 win versus the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.

“We’re happy that Chase is coming along, he’s an awesome football player, he had a great week,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said during his Wednesday videoconference.

Claypool was the focal point of the Steelers’ offensive game plan, using him as a rusher and receiver. He finished with seven catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns to go along with three rushes for six yards and one touchdown.

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The Abbotsford, B.C. native scored one touchdown in each quarter for Pittsburgh and left a mark on the record books. He became the first Canadian to produce four touchdowns in a single NFL game and the third rookie receiver in league history to hit pay-dirt four times in one contest.

Claypool joins current teammates, Roethlisberger and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster as the only Steelers rookies to ever win Offensive POW. Roethlisberger sensed the ‘big game’ was coming from his six-foot-four, 238-pound pass catcher.