Kent Richardson, who set a Soul record with 14 interceptions, was named the AFL's defensive back of the year. Not bad for a guy who came into the season with two interceptions since high school: one at West Virginia and one last year with the Soul.
Richardson also had 80.5 tackles, forced four fumbles and recovered two others. He is in contention for the league's overall defensive player of the year.
The Soul play Arizona in the AFL championship game late Friday (10:30 p.m., NFL Network) in New Orleans.