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Haason Reddick Captures NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

Linebacker was shoo-in for award after five sacks

Linebacker Haason Reddick goes after Giants quarterback Colt McCoy for one of his five sacks Sunday in New York.
Linebacker Haason Reddick goes after Giants quarterback Colt McCoy for one of his five sacks Sunday in New York.

In what might be the least surprising award a Cardinal has ever won, Haason Reddick was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday morning after his five-sack game in New York.

Reddick set the franchise record for sacks in a game, beating Curtis Greer's 4½ mark from a game in 1983. He was the first NFL player to have that many sacks in a game since Atlanta's Adrian Clayborn had six in a game in 2017.

He also forced three fumbles, becoming the first player to have five sacks and three forced fumbles in a game since Green Bay's Vonnie Holliday did in in 2002.

"The energy from the team, from the coaches, it was crazy out there," Reddick said. "After I got my first one, the second one, they just kept telling me, 'Keep going, keep going' and the energy was amazing. It was a mixture of that, and just the want-to.

"I worked with (outside linebackers coach) Charlie (Bullen) and Buck (defensive line coach Brentson Buckner), our game plan to make my pass rushes work evidently worked."

The Cardinals have won a Player of the Week award five times this season. Quarterback Kyler Murray has won the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week nod twice for his games Week 5 against the Jets and Week 7 against the Seahawks, as well as wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (Week 10 against the Bills). Safety Budda Baker won defensive honors in Week 6 for his game against the Cowboys.

It is Reddick's first Player of the Week award. The Cardinals won three Defensive Player of the Week awards last season -- two by Chandler Jones, and one from cornerback Patrick Peterson.

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