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Allen Park — The NFL honored Lions free safety Glover Quin's game-changing interception in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings by naming him NFC defensive player of the week.

Quin becomes the first Lions defensive back to win the award since free safety Kurt Schulz in 2000, and with his sixth interception, Quin is tied with Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson for the league lead. In his second season in Detroit, Quin has a chance to be the first Lions player to lead the NFL in picks since Hall of Famer Lem Barney had 10 in 1967.

"It's about time he started getting some recognition," strong safety James Ihedigbo said of Quin. "The guy's a beast. Week in, week out, you know what you're going to get out of him. Consistency is a major thing in this league and what better man to model it than my boy Quin."

In talking about the honor, Quin fielded a question about whether he thinks he's a top safety in the NFL. Though he thinks he'll need more than six years in the NFL to prove his consistency, Quin thinks he's among the best this year.

"I feel like I'm a top safety in the league," he said. "Do I feel like I could do a lot of things that other safeties can't do? Yeah, I do. Do I feel like I should be in the category or the conversation for top safety in the league? I would say, if you're talking this year, I would say yeah."

Quin recently suggested the NFL change its Pro Bowl balloting, and as fate would have it, he finished just 10th in the voting that closed Monday.

But Quin's long-winded response to the best safety question took many twists and turns Wednesday. At one point, he bashed players like Jets cornerback Dee Milliner and Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for claiming they're the best at their positions.

In addition to his interceptions. Quin is third on the Lions with 63 tackles and has 10 passes defensed and two tackles for loss. Now that he's receiving praise for the interceptions, he's starting to hear more compliments for other aspects of his game, too.

"It's funny how a couple interceptions at key times highlights or raises some of the other things like a play that you made," Quin said. "And when I look at the film, I'm like, 'I've made some of those tackles my whole career and it's never been talked about.'

"When you do something statistically, that makes people say, 'Hey, this guy's got six interceptions. Oh, he made a great tackle right there.' I made that tackle last year, you didn't say nothing about it, but I did it."

Here is a look at the final Pro Bowl fan voting for Lions players:

* Ndamukong Suh third among defensive tackles

* Ezekiel Ansah seventh among defensive ends

* DeAndre Levy ninth among outside linebackers

* Golden Tate 10th among wide receivers

* Glover Quin 10th among free safeties

* Isa Abdul-Quddus 10th among special teamers

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