Quarterback DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN of the Chicago Bears and rookie punter JOHNNY HEKKER of the St. Louis Rams are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the fifth week of the 2012 season (October 4, 7-8), the NFL announced today.
DEFENSE: CB CHARLES TILLMAN, CHICAGO BEARS
- Tillman had a 36-yard interception-return touchdown and four tackles in the Bears’ 41-3 win at Jacksonville.
- He was part of a Bears defense that limited Jacksonville to 189 total net yards (129 passing, 60 rushing) and his interception in the third quarter extended Chicago’s lead to 13-3.
- Tillman is the franchise leader with seven interception-return touchdowns and has an INT-TD in each of the past two games. Tillman and LANCE BRIGGS are the first set of teammates in NFL history to each return an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games.
- The Bears are the first team in NFL history to return five interceptions for touchdowns through the first five games of a season. Chicago and the 1960 Cleveland Browns are the only teams ever to record five INT-TDs over any three-game span.
- For the first time in franchise history, the Bears have recorded an INT-TD in three consecutive games.
- In his 10th year from Louisiana-Lafayette, this is Tillman’s second career Player of the Week Award and first since 2005 (Week 8).
- He is the first Bears cornerback to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.