5 Hard-Hitting Contenders for NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

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5 Hard-Hitting Contenders for NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award
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While the NFL has become a passing-driven offensive-minded league, there may be more defensive talent in it than ever before. In fact, 2011's race for Defensive Player of the Year honors was one of the best battles in recent memory.

In 2012, things should be no different. Here is a list of five hard-hitting players who will all be in the mix to win the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award. 

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