Super Bowl 2011: Troy Polamalu of Steelers Wins AP Defensive Player of the Year

Daniel MorrillCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Safety Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu won the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award Monday.

Polamalu received 17 of the 50 votes cast, beating out Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who received 15 votes.

Polamalu missed two games this season due to an Achilles injury but still was able to rack up 63 tackles and seven interceptions. Matthews had 60 tackles and 13.5 sacks in just his second year in the league.

Also receiving votes were Polamalu's linebacking teammate James Harrison with eight, Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers with six, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher with two, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed with one and Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with one.

The AP will name the Offensive Player of the Year later today. Polamalu and Matthews' teams will meet in the Super Bowl on February 6th at 6:30 ET on FOX.