NFL's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year: An Introspective Look

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NFL's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year: An Introspective Look
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The “Defensive Player of The Year” Award is probably my favorite one out of the six major awards handed out annually by the Associated Press.

Maybe it is because I’m biased as my favorite team has recently added two winners of this award to give them the most all time winners with seven. Perhaps it is because as a Steelers fan I have come to enjoy great defensive efforts. Or maybe it is just because I feel a player has to do more defensively to be recognized than their offensive counterparts.

Regardless of why the reality of the matter is the Defensive Player of the Year race for the upcoming season will more than likely be another nail biter. Last season’s award surely saw how much prestige the award holds as they decided to let it be the culminating award announcement for awards week. I fully expect fireworks this season.

With that said here are the players I feel will be in the running for the award come seasons end and there will be some surprise nominations on here I can guarantee you that.

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