Charles Tillman named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

Charles Tillman named NFC Defensive Player of the Month
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Chicago Bears’ cornerback Charles Tillman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday. Throughout the month of October, Tillman tallied two interception returns for touchdowns, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five passes defended and 23 total tackles.

Tillman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for weeks five and seven during October. His seven career interception touchdowns are the most in Chicago Bears’ history, and he is the only player in the NFL with at least 30 INTs and 30 forced fumbles since 2003.

Tillman is the second consecutive Bears’ player to win Defensive Player of the Month after Tim Jennings was honored last September. The duo is the second set of Bears players to win the award in consecutive months after DE Julius Peppers (November) and LB Brian Urlacher (December/January) in 2010.

During the month of October, the Bears posted a 4-0 record and led the NFL with five interception touchdowns. Including Peppers in November of 2011, the Bears have won three of the last four NFC Defensive Player of the Month awards. Tillman is the sixth Bears player to win the award since 1986.

Chicago Bears to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Month since 1986 (the year the award started)

Player Year Month
Charles Tillman 2012 October
Tim Jennings 2012 September
Julius Peppers 2011 November
Brian Urlacher 2010 December/January
Julius Peppers 2010 November
Trace Armstrong 1990 September
Wilber Marshall 1986 December
Bold denotes current player


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