Reasons Why Julius Peppers Will Win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

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Reasons Why Julius Peppers Will Win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award
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Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers is set to have a career year with the Chicago Bears during the 2012 season.  Peppers has improved each of his first two seasons with the Bears, and this year will be one to remember. 

In 2010, for example, Peppers finished with eight sacks and 23 quarterback pressures and was named to the AP All-Pro team. 

Last year was better, with Peppers collecting 11 sacks and 55 quarterback pressures on the season but falling short of earning a second consecutive All-Pro win.

While the Bears offense has gotten most of the preseason press, the defense is once again under speculation of getting too old. 

In typical Bears fashion, however, the defense consistently ranks as one of the best units in the NFL, and 2012 will be more of the same.

Here are reasons why Julius Peppers will challenge for some post season hardware.

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