By John Turney
Associated Press Players of the Week lists Pro Football Journal has published earlier this year.
The AP had this award from 1963 through 1973. From 1978 to 1983 PFW was the only publication making Player of the Week selections. Later in the 1980s a couple of others joined in, but none was as consistent as PFW.
PFW did release the Golden Toe Awards, which were weekly, prior to 1978 and we will publish those at some point as well.
Here is 1978, in which there was a Player of the Week and a Golden Toe (best kicker/punter) of the Week.
Player of the Week Golden Toe
Week 1 Tony Dorsett, Dal Pat Leahy, NYJ
Week 2 James Lofton, GB Bob Thomas, Chi and
Rick Danmeier, Min
Week 3 Terry Bradshaw, Pit Dave Jennings, NYG
Week 4 Willie Buchanon, GB Dave Green, TB
Joe Washington, Bal
Week 5 Wilbert Montgomery, Phi Errol Mann, Oak
Week 6 Jim Zorn, Sea Benny Ricardo, Det and
Mark Moseley, Was
Week 7 Terdell Middleton, GB Pat Leahy, NYJ
Week 8 Fran Tarkenton, Min Rusty Jackson, Buf
Week 9 Steve Grogan, NE Greg Coleman, Min and
Tim Mazzetti, Atl
Week 10 Sherman Smith, Sea Frank Corral, LA
Week 11 John Jefferson, SD Mark Moseley, Was
Week 12 Brian Sipe, Cle Ray Guy, Oak
Week 13 Earl Campbell, Hou and Efren Herrera, Sea
Terry Miller, Buf
Week 14 Fran Tarkenton, Min Garo Yepremian,
Week 15 Craig Morton, Den Rolf Benirschke, SD
Week 16 Dan Fouts, SD Benny Ricardo, Det