Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. Allen tallied eight sacks last month while also forcing two fumbles and recovering two fumbles. Allen leads the NFL in sacks with 12.5 and set a Vikings’ record by recording a sack in 10 consecutive games.

On top of all that, Allen and his wife, Amy, also welcomed their first child in October. Their daughter Brinley was born last week.

Allen was the AFC's Defensive Player of the Month in October 2007 when he was with the Chiefs. This marks the first time since November 2005 that a Viking has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month. Darren Sharper was the last to claim the honor.

Here's a quick look at other Vikings who have earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors:

  • 2011                Jared Allen, DE (October)
  • 2005                Darren Sharper, S (November)
  • 1999                John Randle, DT (December)
  • 1997                John Randle, DT (October)
  • 1996                John Randle, DT (October)
  • 1994                John Randle, DT (December)
  • 1994                Anthony Parker, CB (October)
  • 1994                Jack Del Rio, LB (September)
  • 1993                Chris Doleman, DE (December/January)
  • 1992                Chris Doleman, DE (December)
  • 1989                Keith Millard, DT (October)
  • 1986                Doug Martin, DE  (September)