Kampman named defensive player of month

Defensive end had 5.5 sacks in last three games for Packers

Aaron Kampman was named NFC defensive player of the month, the National Football League announced today.

Kampman had an NFC-best 5.5 sacks in three games during the month as Green Bay posted a 2-1 record.

The Packers defensive end, who ties for second in the NFL with eight sacks, had at least a half-sack in all three October contests. He finished the month with consecutive multi-sack performances - two sacks in a 17-14 win over Washington in Week 6 and tying his career-high with three sacks in a 19-13 overtime victory at Denver on Monday night. Since the start of the 2006 season, the Pro Bowl defensive end leads the NFL with 23.5 sacks.

"You know what you're going to get day in and day out with him," said defensive coordinator Bob Sanders. "He brings his hard hat, his lunch box to practice. He gives us that leadership, that effort on every single down. He keeps coming and keeps coming. Like (against Washington) near the end of the game, he finally started to break through. Once he broke through, it started coming in droves. He is a hard worker and physical player. You can't say enough about his work ethic and attention to detail."

Kampman, a sixth-year pro, earned his first Player of the Month Award. Kampman is the third Packers defensive end to be honored, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White (Sept. 1998) and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (Sept. 2001).

Running back Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants and kicker David Akers of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.


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