Antrel Rolle, NFC Defensive Player of Week

October, 17, 2012
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New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who had two interceptions and six unassisted tackles in Sunday's victory over the 49ers in San Francisco, has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Giants are kind of dominating these awards this year. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was NFC Offensive Player of the Week after catching 10 passes for 199 yards in Week 2 against Tampa Bay, and kicker Lawrence Tynes was NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking five field goals in Carolina in Week 3.

Rolle is the first Giants player to win NFC Defensive Player of the Week since defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul won it in Weeks 14 and 16 last year. The last Giants defensive back to win it was cornerback Aaron Ross in Week 8 of 2008, and the last Giants safety to win it was Percy Ellsworth in Week 16 of 1998. That's your Percy Ellsworth note for the year.

It's the fourth time Rolle has been NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He won it three times while with the Arizona Cardinals -- in Weeks 11 and 17 of 2007 and in Week 9 of 2008 (one week after Ross, hm).

In a statement released by the team, Rolle said this honor was nearly as awesome as being named to the ESPN.com NFC East blog's All-NFC East team again this week. No, obviously, he didn't really say that. But it would have been great for blog traffic if he had.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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