A couple of weeks ago, the NFL correctly recognized John Christian Ka’iminoeauloameka’ikeokekumupa’a Fairbairn as the single best special teams player in the entire American Football Conference. This morning, the NFL realized the foolishness of limiting that recognition to a single week and named the Texans’ kicker the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. Fairbairn joins Chad Stanley (remember him?) as the only Texans to win Special Teams Player of the Month in franchise history.
The NFL named #Texans K Ka’imi Fairbairn the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December.— Texans PR (@TexansPR) January 3, 2019
This marks his first career Player of the Month award. He is the second player in team history to win the Special Teams Player of the Month award, joining Chad Stanley (Sept. 2002). pic.twitter.com/wukyf1joQS
Fairbairn hit every extra point and field goal he attempted during the month of December. He was on the only kicker in the league to attempt at least a dozen field goals during that time without missing any.
In December, #Texans K Ka’imi Fairbairn hit 13-of-13 field goals & 12 extra points for a total of 51 points scored. He also had 17 touchbacks on kickoffs and hit two 53-yard field goal attempts. He was the only player in the NFL to attempt at least 12 field goals without a miss. pic.twitter.com/EK8QxD7KRM— Texans PR (@TexansPR) January 3, 2019
The Texans’ kicker led the entire NFL in scoring for the 2018 regular season; as you can imagine, he now is the proud holder of several franchise records as a result of that campaign.
#Texans K Ka’imi Fairbairn led the NFL in points scored (150) and field goals made (37) during the regular season. He broke the single-season franchise record for points scored, field goals made and kickoff touchbacks (58) and made all 21 of his field goal attempts under 40 yards pic.twitter.com/HViTM5TUVF— Texans PR (@TexansPR) January 3, 2019