Kicker Younghoe Koo was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday for his performance in Atlanta’s Week 10, 26-9, win over New Orleans.
In his first NFL game since 2017 after signing with Atlanta on Oct. 29 during the team’s bye week, Koo was perfect on Sunday, connecting on all four field goals and two extra points. Koo’s field goals were all at least 30 yards including a career-long 48-yard kick that would put the Falcons up 23-9 with 7:33 remaining in the game. With his 14 points, Koo outscored the Saints by five points.
Koo was originally signed by the Chargers as a college free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the fourth NFL player born in South Korea and played in four games, converting three of six field-goal attempts and all nine of his extra-point attempts for the Chargers in 2017. Koo signed with the Atlanta Legends of the AAF in January of 2019 and recorded the first points in the league’s history with a 38-yard field goal against the Orlando Apollos. He was a perfect 14-for-14 on field goals in eight games with the Legends. Koo most recently spent time as a member of the New England Patriots practice squad. The Seoul native played at Georgia Southern where he was an All-Sun Belt performer and finalist for the Lou Groza Award.
Koo is the first Falcon to win an NFC player of the week award this season.