J.J. Watt Receives All 50 Votes for NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Scott Halleran/Getty Images J.J. Watt was a unanimous selection as The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player Of The Year for 2014.
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J.J. Watt was a unanimous selection as The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player Of The Year for 2014.

NFL Defensive Player Of The Year J.J. Watt was a unanimous selection as The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player Of The Year for 2014.

The ultra-energetic and versatile Houston Texans end collected every vote from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

“It’s special,” he said. “It’s a testament to my coaches and teammates and everything they did throughout the year. There are so many people who helped make this possible.”

He is the first unanimous choice for an AP award since Tom Brady won Most Valuable Player in 2007, and the first for top defensive player under the current voting setup.

In his fourth pro season, Watt earned his second such honor with 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles — 29 for losses — 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.

He is the first NFL player with multiple 20-sack seasons. Watt also had 20.5 sacks in 2012, his other top defensive player season.

Watt finished second in the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player voting behind Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers, who also took the honor in 2011, received 31 votes for the 2014 award from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

Watt, seeking to become the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, got 13 votes. Since the number of voters for the AP MVP was reduced to 50 in 1999, the 13 votes by Watt are the most for any defensive player.

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SOURCE: ESPN

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