I hope Eddie Jackson has some time to clear space in his trophy case because another major award is coming his way:
One day after being named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Detroit Lions in Week 12, Jackson earned the conference’s Defensive Player of the Month honors. Jackson joins pass-rusher Khalil Mack (September) in winning NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for the Bears this year, and it’s always cool when you can say you’re rubbing elbows with that guy.
Jackson’s month-ending scoring spree probably helped push the second-year safety to a second major award in as many days. He scored three touchdowns in November, including pick-sixes in back-to-back games that happened in the span of five days. Jackson also had a 65-yard return touchdown off a fumble that he created in a win against the Bills. The Alabama product sure has shown a knack for making big plays in big moments, a flair for the dramatic, and a nose for the end zone in his first two years in the league. Jackson has been everything anyone could ever want out of a Bears safety … and he is just two years into his professional career. His presence at the back end of the Bears defense has brought stability to a position where there has been so much disappointment over the years.
The NFC Defensive Player of the Month award is another well-deserved honor for Jackson, whose star profile is rising to the point where he is getting love as a potential Pro Bowl starter and is playing his way into serious consideration for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Keep up the good work, #39.