After five tackles, three deflected passes and a pick-six against the Washington Redskins, defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Denver Broncos was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week earlier today.
Rodgers-Cromartie joins quarterback Peyton Manning and kick returner Trindon Holliday as the third Bronco of 2013 to be a weekly award winner. The Denver Broncos are the first and only team in the AFC this year to have players win offensive, defensive and special teams Player of the Week awards.
The 75-yard interception return for a touchdown by DRC with a little over two minutes left in the game sealed the 45-21 victory for the Broncos. Sunday’s pick-six against the Redskins is the fifth of his six-year career and the sixth longest in Broncos history.
The last time Rodgers-Cromartie won the conference Player of the Week award was in Week 5 of 2009 as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. He intercepted Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub and returned it 49 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
The Broncos will not have an opportunity to earn a Player of the Week award this week as they are on bye for Week 9. They head to San Diego on Nov. 10 for a divisional matchup against the Chargers.