New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may get all the love for this award at season's end, but what Jason Taylor is doing right now is nothing short of amazing.
Taylor is a 35-year-old man playing in his 13th season in the NFL who will be in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame one day.
The six-time Pro Bowler had left the Miami Dolphins after the 2007 season, despite having 11 quarterback sacks that year.
He went to the Washington Redskins in 2008, and soon appeared to be yet another of a long line of washed-up players that Redskins Vice President for Football Operations Vinny Cerrato had wasted more draft picks on.
Taylor, who had just appeared on the hit television show "Dancing With The Stars," seemed to have an eye on Hollywood and little interest in football.
This showed in Washington, where he started in just eight of the 13 games he played, while getting just 3.5 sacks.
It was his lowest sack total since 1999, and his best days seemed far behind him on the gridiron. Hollywood seemed inevitable.
He put those ideas on hold, and decided to go back to Miami this season. To make things more difficult for him, the long time defensive end was now being asked to play the linebacker position.
Taylor has responded with six sacks in seven games so far. He also has forced two fumbles, and scored his ninth career touchdown after taking a third quarter fumble 48 yards in the Dolphins win over the New York Jets.
If he maintains this pace, you may be seeing Taylor make his seventh Pro Bowl at season's end.