Safety Darren Sharper returned an interception for a touchdown in the Vikings' opening game of the season … and then waited until Nov. 6 against Detroit to start up an impressive streak of interceptions, which led to him winning the NFC Defensive Player of the Month award.
Sharper led the NFL with six interceptions during the month of November, and also posted 10 passes defensed and 13 tackles. He is currently tied for the NFL lead in with seven interceptions with Cincinnati's Deltha O'Neal.
Sharper becomes the first Viking to win Defensive Player of the Month honors since DT John Randle won the award in December of 1999.
Sharper's month included his first career three-interception day (tying a Vikings record) when he picked off three passes at the N.Y. Giants on Nov. 13 and notched the third-longest interception return in team history when he took back an Eli Manning pass 92 yards for a TD. Sharper also picked off a pair of passes vs. Cleveland (Nov. 27). In that game against the Browns, he set a new franchise record with 256 interception return yards in a season, and he still has five games to better that mark.
This is the first time in Sharper's career that he has earned Player of the Month honors. He earned his first career NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season for his performance at the Giants.
Randle won the monthly honor five times in his career, Chris Doleman won it twice, and Anthony Parker, Jack Del Rio, Keith Millard and Doug Martin each received the honor once as members of the Vikings.
Sharper Wins Monthly NFC Honor
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