For the second time in three consecutive weeks, Bears’ CB Charles Tillman has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions.
Tillman forced two fumbles, had two pass breakups (on in the endzone) and held Calvin Johnson to just three receptions for 34 yards. Tillman now has 32 career forced fumbles, tied for third-most in the NFL since 2003, including the most by any defensive back.
On the season, Tillman has two interceptions—both returned for touchdowns—one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and four passes defended.
This is Tillman’s third NFC Defensive Player of the Week award (Week 8, 2005; Week 5, 2012). Tillman joins Hall of Famer Richard Dent (six times) and Urlacher (five times) as the only Bears players to be honored as Defensive Player of the Week three or more times and is the first defensive player to win the award in back-to-back contests.
“I don’t know how he does it,” longtime teammate Brian Urlacher said. “I mean Calvin Johnson is a big, big-time receiver. Peanut is a big-time corner, but I don’t know how he does it. I’m glad he does. Glad he plays for us.”
Tillman’s head coach also had unsolicited high praise for the veteran corner after the game Monday night. “Charles Tillman . . . that’s a tough duty playing against one of the best players in the league, matching up with him all night. He did an outstanding job of really holding him to very little.”
Congrats, Peanut. Well deserved.