“Slow” Finish Dooms Matthews, Finishes Second in DPOY Voting
Super Bowl XLV got itself another storyline Monday night when it was announced that Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu, and not Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews, was awarded with the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Polamalu received 17 of the 50 nationwide votes, two more than Matthews, to take home the award.
The eighth year safety played in 14 games this season, racking up seven interceptions and 63 tackles in the process. Polamalu has long been considered the engine that makes the high-powered Pittsburgh defense run. The Steelers ranked first in the league in points per game allowed this season (14.5), first in rushing yards allowed (62.8), and 12th in passing yards allowed (214.1).
Much like the Packers’ Charles Woodson, who won the award a season ago, Polamalu can be found anywhere and everywhere on the field over the course of a game, making him one of the most versatile players in the league.
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