Nashville, Tenn. - The NFL has named former Tennessee State University and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) as its defensive rookie of the month for December.
DRC is having a spectacular rookie season. He finished the month with 15 tackles, six passes defended, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions.
DRC's December featured: tieing a team record with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams, a blocked field goal versus the Minnesota Vikings that set up a 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown, another interception against the Seattle Seahawks with a return deep into opposing territory and a fumble recovery.
Currently, no rookie has more interceptions than Rodgers-Cromartie (four) this season.
"I just want to continue to get better and not let it be a letdown from what everyone is expecting of me," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I know if I could just settle down and really understand ... when I am in the film room, I watch but when I can really start watching and learning, I know I can take off."
Rodgers-Cromartie is the second Cardinals player to be named
"Defensive Rookie of the Month" (Simeon Rice, September 1996). He is the fourth Cardinal rookie to be honored, joining Rice, quarterback Jake Plummer (Offense, November 1997) and wide receiver Anquan Bolden (Offense, September and November, 2003).
"I don't think you can have expectations of a rookie corner playing at the level at which he has played," Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I hoped that he would have an opportunity to play, maybe even start, and have a chance to get some interceptions.
"I can't say he has exceeded the play because we did draft him with a first-round pick. I can say I am pleased with the way he has played."