NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2013: Results, Reaction and Analysis

February 3, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After an outstanding season for the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
The NFL's official Twitter account announced the winner prior to the NFL Honors award's show in New Orleans:
There were a number of awards that were up for debate after an exciting season. Offensive Rookie of the Year and the NFL Most Valuable Player (won by Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson, respectively) in particular will be argued in coming weeks.
However, there is no denying that Watt was the top defensive player in football this season.
He received all but one vote for the prestigious award, according to ESPN's Paul Kuharsky:
The defensive end led the league with 20.5 sacks, two short of Michael Strahan's NFL record. In an age where most pass-rushers are linebackers on the outside, Watt accomplished his feat from the defensive line. This is much more difficult with blockers right in front of him.
However, his dominance ...

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