Tyler Radecki
Thursday November 3rd, 2011

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was named the NFC’s defensive player of the month for October, according to Pro Football Talk.

Allen, 29, had eight sacks and two forced fumbles in five games in October and leads the NFL with 12.5 sacks on the season.

According to Pro Football Talk, he’s the first Vikings player to win the monthly award since safety Darren Sharper won it in October 2005. Allen has had ten or more sacks in six of the past seven seasons and has 425 tackles, 95.5 sacks, 25 forced fumbles and five interceptions in his career. A fourth-round pick (126th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004, Allen has been a Pro Bowl selection three times and was the NFC’s rookie of the year in 2004.

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