While Troy Polamalu was certainly deserving of Defensive Player of the Year, it came to much surprise that he beat out a couple other deserving candidates.
For the season, Polamalu had 61 tackles, seven interceptions, one forced fumble and a sack.
Those gaudy numbers are enticing, but the guy missed two games, and there was another candidate on his team that was more deserving.
Polamalu is obviously the best safety in the league and is a true playmaker. He is what every safety wants to become: a player who can cover the entire field, blitz and defend the run.
Again, though, there were other players who could have received the award. Here are six: