Urlacher latest to earn NFC defensive honor

Brian Urlacher earned his sixth NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor, tied for the franchise lead. AP Photo/Joe Howell

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9 after his performance in the club's 51-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans that included a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Urlacher earned the honor for the sixth time in his career, tying him with Richard Dent for the most in franchise history.

Urlacher is the second Bear to win the weekly award this season, joining Charles Tillman, who won it twice. Tim Jennings (September) and Tillman (October) have also won NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors.

In addition to Urlacher's Pick-6, the veteran linebacker also recorded seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2005), Urlacher last won the NFC Player of the Week award in Week 1 of last season when he had 10 tackles and an interception versus the Atlanta Falcons.

Meantime, Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis grabbed NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Week 9 as he blocked a punt in the first quarter that defensive end Corey Wootton scooped up and returned for a five-yard score. McManis was also credited with a pair of special teams tackles in the blowout win. He is currently tied for third on the team with seven special teams stops.