James Harrison Wins AP Defensive POY

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James Harrison Wins AP Defensive POY

 

James Harrison has been voted the AP Defensive Player of the Year.

Steelers.com is all over it.

Harrison finished the season with a team record 16 sacks and also forced seven fumbles. Another factor which can't be overlooked is his overall game-changing ability. He come up with big plays in big situations.

Case in point: The first game against Baltimore.
Ben had just hit Holmes for a 33-yard touchdown and the defense needed to come up with a stop to give the offense a chance to put us in the lead. On the first play from scrimmage, Harrison sacks Flacco and forces a fumble that Woodley returns for a touchdown. Game changer.

The San Diego game.
Harrison sacked Rivers in the end zone, knocking the ball loose AND was almost able to jump on the ball. Harrison got credit for the safety for pushing tackle Marcus McNeil of the Chargers out of the back of the end zone after he scooped up the ball. Two points for Harrison. The Steelers won the game by one point. Harrison also intercepted Rivers as San Diego was driving and set up a field goal with the return. Game changer.

Congrats to Harrison, who joins Mean Joe Greene, Mel Bount, Jack Lambert, and Rod Woodson as the only Steelers to win the honor.
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