Charles Tillman named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Charles Tillman named NFC Defensive Player of the Week
John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune

Charles Tillman, in his tenth season with the Chicago Bears, has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, following his Week-5 performance in Jacksonville.

Tillman had a 36-yard interception return for touchdown and four tackles in the Bears’ 41-3 win over the Jaguars. On the season, Tillman has 24 total tackles, two INTs for 61 return yards, two touchdowns, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Elected to his first Pro Bowl in 2011, Tillman is the first Bears’ cornerback to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times (Week-8, 2005 being his only other).

With the pick-6 in Jacksonville, Tillman set two franchise records. His eighth career defensive touchdown is now the most in Bears’ history, surpassing former safety Mike Brown, and his seven interception return touchdowns are also most in team history.

Tillman and LB Lance Briggs, who also had a 36-yard interception return touchdown at Jacksonville, are the first teammates in NFL history to each have interception return touchdowns in consecutive weeks. Six days prior to the Jacksonville game in Week-4 at Dallas, Briggs and Tillman had interception return touchdowns of 74 and 25 yards, respectively.

Just one week ago, the Bears’ starting cornerback opposite Tillman, Tim Jennings, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for his level of play throughout the month of September, recording an NFL-high four interceptions to go along with 18 tackles, one tackle for a loss and six pass break ups, two of which led to interceptions by other Bears players.

Lance Briggs was nominated for the Week-5 honors along with Tillman, and Bears’ WR Brandon Marshall was nominated for NFC Offensive Player of the Week following his 12 catch, 144-yard, one TD performance against the Jaguars.

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