The appropriately named Whitney Mercilus was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Mercilus, the Texans OLB, was indeed merciless against the Bears on Sunday. Mercilus recorded four tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hits, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble in Houston’s 23-14 season-opening victory.
Mercilus is an interesting guy to boot. The University of Illinois graduate of Haitian descent has taken an interest in his adopted city and loves classical music. Lots of NFL players have so-called foundations which are frequently just a way to pay for a party, but the Mercilus Foundation seems to be the real deal. According to Mercilus, the focus of the MF “is helping underprivileged families raising kids with disabilities. It’s what I studied in college – Community Health Disability and Rehabilitation Concentration – essentially helping disabled people with home accommodations, home living, work space, transportation and more.” Expect big things from Mercilus on and off the field.