Last season, Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy seemingly played at a Pro Bowl level, yet he didn't receive much recognition outside of the state of Michigan. It was frustrating to see Levy's solid season become an afterthought, but I guess that's what happens when you play on a team in the midst of a second-half collapse.
This year, the nation is starting to take notice of Levy. He earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Lions' first game of the season, and on Thursday, he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
LB DeAndre Levy has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month. First #Lions defender to earn it since LB Stephen Boyd in Nov. 1998.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 2, 2014
So far this season, Levy has recorded 38 tackles, one safety, three pass defenses and one interception. What's more, he's emerged as one of the best players on the NFL's best defense, so it's nice that he was recognized for his play in the month of September.