Butler's three turnovers were a first by a Colts defender since 1992.
For his two picks (one for a touchdown) and a forced fumble (also recovered) against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night last week, the Indianapolis Colts' Darius Butler was awarded AFC Defensive Players of the Week for Week 10 of the 2012 NFL regular season.
This is the first time Butler has won this award.
Butler was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. However, his stint in New England lasted just two years. He was cut in September 2011, and eventually signed with the Carolina Panthers, who, like the Patriots, eventually released Butler.
Butler signed with the Colts in October of 2012.
To give you some perspective on just how good Butler's night was against the Jaguars, his three turnovers made him the first Colt to record three-or-more takeaways in a game since safety Mike Prior did it back in 1992!
I remember watching Mike Prior. He played a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago. Before Bob Sanders. Before Jason Belser. Prior left the Colts in 1993, landed with the Green Bay Packers, and won a ring with them in 1996.
Congrats to Butler on winning the award. He will start at corner this Sunday was the Colts (6-3) travel to Foxbourgh to face Butler's old team, the Patriots (6-3).