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Tillman named NFC defensive player of the week

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It wasn't Bears cornerback Charles Tillman's best game of his career, but the historical significance of one of his plays earned him another distinction.

Tillman was named the NFC defensive player of the week on Wednesday after setting a Bears record with his eighth career defensive touchdown in Sunday's 41-3 romp past the Jacksonville Jaguars.

tillman.jpg''I wish they wouldn't tell me about stats and stuff like that,'' Tillman said in Jacksonville. ''Tell me that when I'm older on the day I retire about all the [records] I break.

"It's cool. It's an honor. The Bears go back 200 years; they're so old. With all the players who've come here and what they've done and to be that guy, it's an honor.''

Tillman returned an interception of Blaine Gabbert in the third quarter to give the Bears a 13-3 lead and really ignite them after a sluggish first half. It was the second week in a row Tillman had an interception return for a touchdown.

Linebacker Lance Briggs also had pick-sixes in consecutive games for the Bears. He and Tillman became the first teammates to accomplish such a feat.

Seven of Tillman's eight touchdowns have come on interceptions. He returned a fumble for a score on Oct. 16, 2006 against the Arizona Cardinals.

This also is Tillman's second NFC defensive player of the week award (Week 8, 2005). Tillman, who has 32 interceptions so far in his career, is the first Bears cornerback to earn the distinction more than once.

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