Harrison Butker named AFC Special Teamer of Month

KANSAS CITY, MO. (CHIEFS) -- A day after winning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Week 8, rookie kicker Harrison Butker was recognized yet again on Thursday morning.

Butker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October after connecting on a league-most 18 field goals since joining the Chiefs in Week 4 – the most made field goals in a single month by a rookie in NFL history.

He made at least two field goals in each of his five games last month and hit five field goals twice, becoming the first player in league history to connect on five or more field goals multiple times in his rookie season.

His performance already has him on the doorstep of a couple of team records.

The 22-year-old Butker made his NFL debut on Oct. 2 and missed his first career kick before drilling his next 18, moving him just four shy of matching the franchise record for consecutive made field goals.

He’s also already just seven kicks shy of matching Cairo Santos (2014) and Ryan Succop (2009) for the most successful attempts by a rookie in team history with eight games to play.

They’ve all mattered, too, as Butker’s kicks accounted for the difference in all three of Kansas City’s wins last month.

Successful as he’s been, Butker is keeping his focus on the task at hand – kicking it through the uprights every time he trots on the field.

“I’ll look back and see how I did (at the end of the season), but right now I don’t think there’s any use in looking at the records and the stats,” Butker said on Wednesday. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Butker will look to keep his streak going this Sunday as the Chiefs travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.