LAKE FOREST, IL – Bears CB Charles Tillman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a 36-yard interception return touchdown, to go along with three tackles, in Week 5 at Jacksonville.
Tillman broke a Bears team record with his eighth career defensive touchdown (seven interception return touchdowns and one opponent fumble return touchdown in his career), breaking a tie with S Mike Brown (seven total, four interception and three fumble). Tillman’s seven interception return touchdowns are also a team record.
The interception was the 32nd of his career, tied for third most in team history and tied for the most by a Bears cornerback with Donnell Woolford. Tillman trails safeties Gary Fencik (38) and Richie Petitbon (37) for most in team history.
Tillman and LB Lance Briggs, who also had a 36-yard interception return touchdown at Jacksonville, are the first teammates in NFL history to each have interception return touchdowns in consecutive weeks. Six days prior to the Jacksonville game in Week 4 at Dallas, Briggs and Tillman had interception return touchdowns of 74 and 25 yards, respectively.
This is Tillman’s second NFC Defensive Player of the Week award (Week 8, 2005). He is the first Bears cornerback to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.
Last week, Bears CB Tim Jennings was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
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