Another touchdown helps Charles Tillman pick up a prize

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Cornerback Charles Tillman became the Bears’ all-time leader in defensive touchdowns when he returned a pick for a score in Jacksonville over the weekend.

Now he’s the NFC defensive player of the week. Tillman picked up the honor for the second time in his career, but the first time in quite a while. His previous honor came after Week Eight of the 2005 season when Tillman returned an interception for a touchdown to beat the Lions in overtime. His pick wasn’t quite as dramatic this time, but it did give the Bears their first touchdown of the day and touched off a scoring explosion that took the score from 6-3 before Tillman’s score to a 41-3 final.

Tillman made another piece of history on Sunday as well. He returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight week, making him and Lance Briggs the only teammates to both have interception returns for touchdown in consecutive weeks.

Briggs was under consideration for the honor this week, as were Seahawks rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin and Rams defensive end Robert Quinn. Irvin had two sacks and a forced fumble and Quinn sacked Kevin Kolb three times while also forcing a fumble.

10 responses to “Another touchdown helps Charles Tillman pick up a prize

  1. I love this guy….he always plays smart and plays hard and ends up causing a turnover just about every other game. Glad to see him getting some more recognition.

    That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him and the other CB Tim Jennings make the Pro Bowl together (of course, they won’t be able to play because the Bears will be in the Superbowl!)

  2. @sportsfan83

    Completely agreed. You could probably extend it out to his era and peers. He’s up there with Woodson and Dawkins.

  3. This guy has a burning desire to “capture” the ball like a field general wants to capture the enemies flag. Very underrated and is playing this year without many of the nagging injuries from years past. Bears corners are tough. Jennings from a few weeks ago and now Peanut. Who’s next? Conte and Wright? Probably

  4. Good for Peanut, but I wonder why he got the award over Briggs? They both had identical stats from Sunday, except that Briggs had an additional QB sack. Also, the Jags wide receivers aren’t exactly scaring anybody. The award should have been “shared” between them- it would only be appropriate.

  5. Well deserved. With that being said it’s becoming more apparent that the voters dont care about sacks as evidenced by Cameron Wake getting 4.5 sacks 2 weeks ago and Robert Quin getting 3 this past week and not winning honors

  6. Love the drafting by Schneider and carrol really outside of John modify every pick they seem to make has been a big time contributor. Once they got carpenter into a spot that made sense even he has looked good. And man oh man go Bruce Irvin 4.5 sacks so far keep it up bro

  7. The champs is here. Chicago will win the North first an then the rest of the NFC will find out they dont wanna see the Bears across the field from them neather.

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