Raiders special teams player of the year

Raiders special teams player of the year
January 6, 2013, 10:00 am
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Sebastian Janikowski made 31 of his 34 field-goal attempts and his only misses came from a mind-numbing 61, 64 and 51 yards. (AP)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of five season awards given out by CSNCalifornia.com's Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez.

Raiders MVP: Carson Palmer
Raiders Defensive Player of the Year: Philip Wheeler
Raiders Rookie of the Year:
(will be released Monday)

Is there any other choice? Really, you could make a compelling argument that the man known as SeaBass (FYI, he does not really care for 'Jano') was actually the team MVP. And many would agree.

Still, a year after being named to his first Pro Bowl, Janikowski came back just as fierce. The Raiders' 2000 first-round draft pick made 31 of his 34 field-goal attempts and his only misses came from a mind-numbing 61, 64 and 51 yards. 

He was the AFC's special teams player of the month for October and, after kicking five field goals in the Raiders' 15-0 defeat of Kansas City in Oakland's home finale, Janikowski outscored eight other teams on the day. His season-long of 57 yards was his longest since he tied the NFL record of 63 yards at Denver in the 2011 season opener.

He is under contract for 2013, unlike his running mate, punter Shane Lechler.