There are not too many nicer guys in the NFL than Cleveland Browns stud veteran middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. For his efforts against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday, Jackson was awarded AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
With his nine tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery, Jackson led the Browns’ defense to help seal the victory last week. As the defensive captain of the Browns, the aggressive Jackson and feisty defense held the Steelers to just 242 total yards to go along with eight turnovers.
On the 2012 campaign, Jackson continues to lead the way for his young protégés underneath him. The veteran has been instrumental in teaching James-Michael Johnson, Kaluka Maiava, Craig Robertson, and LJ Fort the ins-and-outs of the NFL. Through eleven games, Jackson has stuffed the stat sheet with 84 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and a touchdown.
The former second round pick of the 2006 NFL Draft has never picked up the weekly award. However, in September of 2011, no. 52 grabbed the honors for AFC Player of the Month. Every season, he is near the top in the NFL in tackles.
To play at the high level Jackson is playing at is remarkable considering where he was at a few years ago. The 29 year old Florida native is the true definition of battling adversity. Every award he earns is well deserved and a spot should be vacant for him in this year’s Pro Bowl.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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