Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording three tackles and three tackles for losses, including a second-quarter safety in Week 1 vs. Indianapolis. The safety occurred when Ogunleye tackled Colts RB Joseph Addai for a two-yard loss in the end zone. It was the second of Ogunleye's career, tied for the most among active NFL players. Ogunleye also stuffed RB Dominic Rhodes for a two-yard loss on a fourth-and-one play from the 50 yard line during the fourth quarter with the Bears leading 22-13.
Ogunleye is the first Bears player to be honored as NFC Defensive Player of the Week since Tommie Harris in Week 4 of the 2006 season. The last Bear to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Kickoff Weekend was Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton in 1989.
This is Ogunleye's third Defensive Player of the Week award of his career but his first as a member of the Bears. Ogunleye was named AFC Defensive Player of the week twice while with the Dolphins. His first Defensive Player of the week honor was for his three-sack performance vs. Baltimore on November 17, 2002. He also was honored for his seven-tackle, two-sack performance vs. Buffalo on September 21, 2003.