Brian Urlacher & Sherrick McManis Win Weekly Awards
Brian Urlacher was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career, tying a Chicago Bears record held by Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent. Last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, Urlacher had seven tackles, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a interception for a touchdown. Most likely finishing a close second was his teammate Charles Tillman with nine tackles and four forced fumbles. Many people wondered if Urlacher would even be able to play this season, so for him to win his award is very special for Urlacher and Bears fans like myself. As I wrote earlier in the week, Urlacher is my favorite Bear of all time, so the award is just icing on the cake.
This is now the third Bears defender to earn an award this season. Tillman won a weekly award two-weeks earlier along with NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October and Tim Jennings won the monthly award for September.
Last week, I wrote a piece on five lesser-know Bears, and Sherrick McManis was part of that list. Little did I know that he would become a lot more known this week after winning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt against the Titans. The former Northwestern Wildcat’s block was recovered by his former college and current Bears teammate Corey Wootton and returned for a touchdown. This is the first time since 1998 that a team has weekly award winners on defense and special teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had linebacker Derrick Brooks and kicker Matt Bryant accomplish the task that year.
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