NEW YORK, New York -- Former University of Alabama defensive end and current Chicago Bears rookie Mark Anderson (Tulsa, Oklahoma) was named the National Football Conference (NFC) Rookie of the Month in October in an announcement made today by the National Football League.
The fifth-round selection out of Alabama has made an immediate impact on Chicago's No. 1-ranked defense, leading the team and all rookies with 7.5 sacks, the most sacks through a rookie's first seven games in NFL history.
Anderson recorded 6.0 sacks in October, the most by a rookie and tied for second overall in the NFL. The defensive end posted a sack in all four games during the month, including multiple-sack contests against Seattle (October 1) and Buffalo (October 8), as the Bears won all four games to improve to 7-0 on the season.
Anderson forced three fumbles, including one against Arizona on Monday Night Football (October 16) that led directly to a defensive touchdown, and had a forced fumble in each of the final three games of the month.
For October, Anderson totaled 16 tackles as the Chicago defense allowed an NFL-low 923 total net yards (230.8 yards per game) and was third with 46 points allowed (11.5 points per game). The Tulsa, Oklahoma native is currently on pace to set a new rookie record for sacks, surpassing Jevon Kearse's mark 14.5 in 1999.
Anderson is the first Bears defensive player to earn a Rookie of the Month Award since Brian Uralcher in October of 2000. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston was the American Football Conference (AFC) Rookie of the Month.