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Tillman tabbed defensive player of week

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman on Wednesday was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Sunday's 41-3 road win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tillman provided a key play in the game by returning a Blaine Gabbert interception 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 13-3 lead midway through the third quarter. Six days earlier, Tillman had brought back an interception 25 yards for a TD in a win in Dallas.

In scoring the eighth defensive TD of his career, Tillman broke the Bears record he shared with former teammate Mike Brown. With his 32nd interception, Tillman tied Donnell Woolford for the most interceptions by a cornerback and third most overall in franchise history.

Tillman joins Brian Dawkins as the only NFL players since 1991 to have at least 30 interceptions and 30 forced fumbles. Tillman's 30 forced fumbles are the most by an NFL defensive back since he entered the league in 2003.

"The guy just does everything you want a cornerback to do," coach Lovie Smith said last Sunday. "He's got great size. He plays hard. He's got good hands. He'll tackle, and he's just got an uncanny knack for taking the football away. We like having him on our football team."

Tillman is the second Bears cornerback to receive a league honor in as many weeks. Tim Jennings was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September after recording a league-leading four interceptions and breaking up two other passes that resulted in picks by teammates.

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