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Bucs' Kwon Alexander named NFC Defensive Player of Week

Kwon Alexander had an interception and forced and recovered a fumble along with a team-high 11 tackles just two days after his 17-year-old brother, Broderick Taylor, was shot and killed.

Curtis Compton/Atlanta-Journal Constitution via AP

Kwon Alexander had an interception and forced and recovered a fumble along with a team-high 11 tackles just two days after his 17-year-old brother, Broderick Taylor, was shot and killed.

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The national spotlight on Bucs rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander continues three days after his emotional, inspiring game in Atlanta, as he has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his role in the Bucs' overtime win.

Alexander, who had an interception and forced and recovered a fumble along with a team-high 11 tackles, played just two days after his 17-year-old brother, Broderick Taylor, was shot and killed in Alabama. Alexander is the first Bucs rookie to earn the NFC defensive weekly honor since Santana Dotson in 1992 -- before Alexander had been born.

Alexander, also a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Week, became the first Bucs player to get an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game since John Lynch in 1996. He ranks third among NFL rookies in total tackles this season and is one of two players among the NFL's top 40 tacklers to also have two INTs and a sack this season, along with Carolina's Thomas Davis.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 11:34am]

    

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