No defensive player in the NFL’s American Football Conference was better than Jerome Baker during the month of December.
Baker was named Thursday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month after he recorded 16 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in just three December games, all of which the Miami Dolphins won as part of an ongoing seven-game winning streak.
Succeeding and the field— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 30, 2021
Jerome Baker has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December.#WPMOY + @Lastname_Baker pic.twitter.com/ULHxLStIXX
Baker is the first former Ohio State player to earn player of the month honors in either conference this season. The former Ohio State linebacker, who signed a three-year contract extension worth $39 million with the Dolphins in the offseason, becomes the first Buckeye to earn NFL defensive player of the month honors since Chase Young was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in December 2020.