The award represents the first conference recognition of his career and the third AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor for the Broncos this season (OLB Von Miller, Week 2; CB Bradley Roby, Week 8).
Stewart totaled two tackles, two interceptions (11 yds.) and one fumble recovery in Denver’s road win against the Saints. His three takeaways were the most by a Broncos since cornerback Deltha O’Neal made four interceptions against Kansas City on Oct. 7, 2001. He also became the first NFL player in more than a year to record three takeaways (Washington CB Bashaud Breeland, 1 INT, 2 FR, at NYJ, 10/18/15).
Two of Stewart’s takeaways led directly to 10 Denver points while one of them came deep in Broncos territory to prevent a Saints score.
Stewart’s recognition marks the 33rd time a Broncos defensive player has earned conference player of the week honors since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.
DENVER’S 2016 AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
|Von Miller||OLB||Week 2||vs. Indianapolis||7 tackles (5 solo), 3 sacks (20 yds.), 1 PD, 1 FF|
|Bradley Roby||CB||Week 8||vs. San Diego||7 tackles (4 solo), 1 INT (49-yd. TD), 2 PD|
|Darian Stewart||S||Week 10||at New Orleans||2 solo tackles, 2 INTs (11 yds.), 2 PD, 1 FR|