President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to supporters during a campaign event at Fifth Third Arena, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Charles Tillman's unbelievable play has the NFL buzzing. His defensive prowess has made a huge impact on the season. Even the president mentioned Tillman's play. Halfway through the season, it's hard not to think -- could Tillman be the league's most valuable player?
Barack Obama mentioned talked about Tillman during a Monday Night Football interview.
"Best defense in the league right now," Obama said. "You saw (Sunday's) game. (Charles) Tillman may be defensive player of the year the way he's playing."
His value is not in question. Tillman is responsible for nine turnovers -- two interceptions and four forced fumbles. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns. He has also broken up six passes, and is second among the Bears with 43 tackles. The football punch he uses to force fumbles is a thing of beauty. The man is valuable.
The bigger question is if voters would be open to voting a defensive player MVP. The award normally goes to a quarterback or running back. The last time a defensive player won the MVP was when Ronald Reagan was in office. In 1986, New York's Lawrence Taylor was voted MVP when he had 20.5 sacks.
So far, Tillman's numbers and impact on games match up with anything LT did in 1986. But Associated Press voters need to have their minds opened beyond the QB and RB. The #MVPeanut movement on Twitter has sprung up on that idea. Fans of Tillman have started to tag their tweets about him with #MVPeanut.
Perhaps the groundswell -- and continued amazing play by Tillman -- will get the voters to break precedent and vote for Tillman.