Posted: 10:45 a.m.
Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom was named by the NFL on Thursday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
Odom, a sixth-year veteran, led the league with seven sacks in September. He led the Bengals defensive line with 16 tackles (13 solos), and he had two passes defensed.
Odom was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2 at Green Bay, when he tied a franchise single-game record with five sacks. Odom also recorded two sacks vs. Denver in Game 1.
The last Bengal to win an AFC Player of the Month award was quarterback Carson Palmer, who received the offensive honor in September 2005. One must go back considerably further in history, however, to find the most recent Bengals AFC Defensive Player of the Month. That distinction belongs to former safety David Fulcher, for his performance in games of December 1989.
Overall, Odom becomes just the third Bengals defensive player to win the award since it was instituted in 1986. He joins Fulcher and former nose tackle Tim Krumrie, who earned the honor in November 1988.