Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Rolle earns NFC defensive honor
By Ian Begley
Anyone who watched Sunday's Giants-Niners game knows how dominant Antrel Rolle was in Big Blue's win.
Now, the NFC is recognizing it, too.
Rolle has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a standout performance in the Giants' 26-3 drubbing of the 49ers.
Rolle has two interceptions and tied for a team high with six tackles. He helped the Giants' defense limit the Niners to one field goal.
Rolle credited the Giants' entire defense for the award.
"We went out there and did an effective job as a unit," Rolle said of a Giants defense that had six sacks. "I just happened to be in the guy that was in position at the right time and fortunate enough to make plays on the ball."
Both of Rolle's picks came in the third quarter and led to Giants field goals. He also tackled Niners QB Colin Kaepernick for a one-yard loss.
“You could sense it coming, as he was feeling better and practicing better,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “He has his old bounce in his step again.”
Rolle is the first Giants player to win the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award since Jason Pierre-Paul in Week 16 of 2011. Aaron Ross (2008) was the last defensive back to win it.
This is Rolle’s fourth Player of the Week award. He was honored three times during his five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals: (Weeks 11 and 17 in 2007, and Week 9 in 2008).
Rolle's award gives the 2012 Giants the "Big 3" in Player of the Week honors. Hakeem Nicks won NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 2 and Lawrence Tynes took special teams honors in Week 3.