Danny Trevathan took to Twitter after the Bears' dominating defensive win over the Seahawks to let ESPN know his name was being mispronounced during the "Monday Night Football" broadcast.
Trevathan must have realized the network would be saying it a lot more, as Wednesday he was named the NFC's Defensive Player of Week 2.
Trevathan notched a game-high 8 tackles (1 TFL) and 2 sacks — his first multi-sack game in the NFL — in addition to a forced fumble in the Bears' stifling of Russell Wilson's Seahawks in a 24-17 victory. Seattle managed only 276 yards, punting on seven of its first eight possessions despite two beginning on short fields following Mitch Trubisky second-quarter interceptions.
Trevathan, a seven-year veteran, wins the award for the first time in his career. In the penultimate season of a four-year, $32-million contract, Trevathan arguably has flown under the radar a bit this year, when Chicago has dramatically upgraded its offensive skill positions, not to mention its LB corps with the blockbuster acquisitions of Khalil Mack via trade and Roquan Smith with the eighth overall pick in the draft.
Coming off a team-high 89 tackles despite making just 12 starts in 2017, Trevathan missed the first part of training camp with a hamstring injury. By the time he returned, the buzz was mostly on Smith's holdout and, soon, the arrival of Mack. When he's been on the field, Trevathan has been a difference maker on the Bears 'D,' but he's been limited to 20 combined starts because of injuries and suspension.
In fact, arguably his most notable play with the Bears in his first two seasons was the well-documented helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams in Green Bay last season that concussed the Packers' No. 1 wide receiver and earned Trevathan a two-game suspension (reduced to one on appeal). That's until Monday, when his strip-sack of Russell Wilson midway through the fourth quarter stamped out Seattle's hope of a comeback and punctuated another prime-time coming-out party for Vic Fangio's 'D'.
For the Bears, it's the first such honor since Eddie Jackson took home the award in Week 7 last season.
But as their upstart defense continues its ascendancy, expect more national recognition. The Vikings, who had the NFL's top-rated 'D' in 2017, opened this season with Harrison Smith winning the award. The Bears ranked No. 10 in yards and ninth in points allowed last season, which is starting to feel like just scratching the surface.