Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Brown picked off two passes in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders, and today he learned that he’s been named the AFC defensive player of the week.
It’s the second player of the week award of Brown’s career; he won an NFC defensive player of the week award in 2001, when he played for the Bears. Brown is the first Chiefs safety to win the award since Jerome Woods in 1997.
Both of Brown’s interceptions came off Raiders backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who came in after JaMarcus Russell was benched. The first interception came at midfield and set up a Chiefs field goal, and the second (which bounced off the hands of Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey) came at the Chiefs’ 10-yard line with 38 seconds left to seal the win.
Brown has started all nine games for the Chiefs this season, his first year in Kansas City after playing nine seasons for the Bears.