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Flasteel
01-31-2011, 09:16 PM
Beat out Matthews and Harrison to win it!!!!!

DukieBoy
01-31-2011, 09:21 PM
Beat out Matthews and Harrison to win it!!!!!
As it should be ... certainly most valuable. And one of the greatest of Steelers.

sentinel33
01-31-2011, 09:39 PM
Congrats, Troy! Only one more thing left to do.

TD386Steel
01-31-2011, 09:55 PM
YES!!! :tt2

Discipline of Steel
01-31-2011, 09:57 PM
On a lesser note, Matthews beat out Harrison for the Butkus award....with lesser stats but he is a good citizen.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/0 ... tkus-award (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/01/31/matthews-wins-butkus-award)

Matthews wins Butkus Award

Packers OLB Clay Matthews won the third annual professional Butkus Award, honoring the best linebacker in professional football. Matthews was selected by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists and was presented the award during a weekend special edition of the Pro Football Weekly television show.

Matthews will face the runner-up for the award, Steelers OLB James Harrison, in Sunday's Super Bowl.

"In addition to his ferocious play in just his second NFL season, the panel was impressed with how fellow players and others in the Packers' organization describe Matthews as a great teammate and citizen off the field," PFW publisher Hub Arkush said. "He truly embodies everything the Butkus Award is meant to be about."

Matthews finished the 2010 regular season with 60 tackles, 13½ sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception returned for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. He has recorded 3½ sacks in the Packers' three playoff games so far.

Texas A&M OLB Von Miller, one of the top prospects in this year's draft, was the collegiate Butkus Award winner.

Starlifter
02-01-2011, 12:03 AM
what was really awesome was that the safety most commonly mentioned in the same sentence with Troy, Ed Reed - got exactly ONE vote. Ed Reed is nothing but a ball hawk who figured out interceptions gets him paid. He's not a cover guy, he's not a tackler, he's not a complete player.

Nice to see there is truly no comparison between Troy and Ed.
:ratsuck :ratsuck :ratsuck :ratsuck

grotonsteel
02-01-2011, 12:25 AM
Congratulations TROY.... :tt2


James Harrison will show this SUnday who is the best LB in NFL.


Go 92...Go STEELERS.......... :tt2 :tt2

aggiebones
02-01-2011, 12:39 AM
So pumped for Troy, even though he'll hate winning this award and will eventually give it in spirit to Harrison or someone else when the media asks him about it.

DukieBoy
02-01-2011, 12:44 AM
So pumped for Troy, even though he'll hate winning this award and will eventually give it in spirit to Harrison or someone else when the media asks him about it.


Troy may give it to Clark.

hawaiiansteel
02-01-2011, 03:16 AM
February 1, 2011

Troy Polamalu named AP's top defender

DALLAS -- Now that the voters have chosen Troy Polamalu over Clay Matthews for The Associated Press 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, the two stars can prove their worth against each other on the field.

In the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh safety Polamalu received 17 votes Monday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the league, edging Green Bay linebacker Matthews by a hair -- two votes.

Despite missing two games with an Achilles injury in his right ankle, in which Pittsburgh went 1-1, Polamalu became the sixth Steeler to win the award. He had seven interceptions this season along with 63 tackles, but made his mark with big plays. In a late-season victory at Baltimore, his leaping tackle forced a fumble that set up the winning touchdown.

That victory catapulted the Steelers to the AFC North title. Now, they are in the Super Bowl for the third time in six seasons, where they face Matthews and the Packers.

"I don't imagine their game plan changing over one player," Polamalu said. "We don't single out anybody. Anything we achieve here is done as a team, as a whole."

Added Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who finished third in the balloting with eight votes and won the award two years ago: "Troy brings this defense from a 'C' defense to an 'A' defense. He's someone that you have to account for in the secondary."

So much so that one opponent called the eighth-year pro the NFL's top player, regardless of position.

"With all due respect, I honestly think Troy Polamalu is probably the greatest player I've ever played with or even seen play in person," gushed Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, who was the MVP of Pittsburgh's 2009 Super Bowl win over Arizona. "Everybody has their one person they think is the greatest player. In my eyes, I think he's the greatest player I've ever played with."

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Legend Of Troy
Troy Polamalu was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, edging Packers LB Clay Matthews by just two votes.

Player Position Team Votes
Troy Polamalu S PIT 17
Clay Matthews LB GB 15
James Harrison LB PIT 8
Julius Peppers DE CHI 6
Brian Urlacher LB CHI 2
Ed Reed S BAL 1
Haloti Ngata NT BAL 1


Polamalu has had better statistical years than 2010, including the 2008 championship season and in 2005, when he had a career-high 91 tackles and three sacks as the Steelers won the title. He hasn't had any season where he made more big plays than in 2010.

That fit perfectly with defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's claim that Polamalu is the most versatile defensive back he's ever worked with. And LeBeau has been involved with the NFL for about a half-century and is in the Hall of Fame.

"I know Troy is going to do the right things," LeBeau said.

Matthews did plenty of things correctly in only his second pro season, enough to make the All-Pro team thanks to 60 tackles, 13½ sacks (fourth in league), an interception return for a touchdown and, like Polamalu, a penchant for delivering game-turning plays.

"Game-changing plays," Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley said with emphasis. "I mean, you look at all the plays Troy's made -- game-changing plays. ... So many game-changing plays to go out there and help win football games. Things that he [does], not only in the secondary -- coming up, tackling backs in the backfield. Troy does it all."

Matthews said it would have been a "unique honor" to win in his second year. His goal, he said, is to become "world champions."

Added Matthews: "Despite defensive player of the year, I get the chance to play Sunday for the world championship."

Considered the lesser of three linebackers drafted in the first round in 2009 from Southern California, Matthews has had the biggest impact of that trio. Yes, Brian Cushing was the league's top defensive rookie in '09, but he tailed off in 2010 while Matthews was surging.

Matthews' sensational season came while facing consistent double-teaming.

"You really just attack it," said Matthews, whose father and grandfather played in the league and whose uncle, Bruce, is a Hall of Fame offensive lineman. "I think last year, obviously, was about winning the one-on-one battles. Towards the playoffs, that's when I saw the increase and it's kind of continued. ... So you deal with it, you try and beat one, then another, and get to the quarterback."

Polamalu and Matthews take their competition to Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. They already are considered marketing adversaries, with Polamalu's jersey the top seller in the league, and both vying for hirsute superiority.

"Well, I can guarantee you my hair's more expensive," Polamalu said.

Also receiving votes for AP Defensive Player of the Year were Chicago end Julius Peppers with six and linebacker Brian Urlacher with two; and Baltimore safety Ed Reed and nose tackle Haloti Ngata, one each.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6078149

Captain Lemming
02-01-2011, 03:33 AM
Matthews will face the runner-up for the award, Steelers OLB James Harrison, in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Matthews finished the 2010 regular season with 60 tackles, 13½ sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception returned for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. He has recorded 3½ sacks in the Packers' three playoff games so far.


Harrison had 100 TACKLES, 10.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 14 tackles for losses, and 2 interceptions. He has recorded 3 post season sacks in all in ONE playoff game (Ravens) this year.

SidSmythe
02-01-2011, 07:38 AM
How does Urlacher continue to be considered a top Defensive Player every year???

Discipline of Steel
02-01-2011, 08:03 AM
[quote="Discipline of Steel":2kgg5afm]

Matthews will face the runner-up for the award, Steelers OLB James Harrison, in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Matthews finished the 2010 regular season with 60 tackles, 13½ sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception returned for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. He has recorded 3½ sacks in the Packers' three playoff games so far.


Harrison had 100 TACKLES, 10.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 14 tackles for losses, and 2 interceptions. He has recorded 3 post season sacks in all in ONE playoff game (Ravens) this year.[/quote:2kgg5afm]

Yeah but Matthews had a couple more sacks and he is a good citizen. I guess James Harrison is not a good citizen. :HeadBanger

Steelers>NFL
02-01-2011, 09:10 AM
WOW! I was so surprise to see this on the NFL network last night. I am so happy for Troy to win this award. He is the absolute BEST at his position. And he is finally getting awarded
as such.
Good job Troy!!
Not only is he a great football player. But he just seems to be even better as a person or
human being. This league, this country needs more people like him.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-01-2011, 10:29 AM
I haven't watched much of Green Bay this year, and have a question for those who have. Is Matthews more of a Ware type 3-4 OLB - great at rushing the passer but doesn't do much else, or is he more like our guys - plays the run strong, drops into coverage, great pass rushers who don't have the opportunity to do it every play?

I'll tell you something, watching Demarcus Ware play a couple of times this season was a real eye opener. The guy might get a number of sacks, but when he is not doing that then he adds nothing to the D. Awful in run support, never drops back, only good at rushing the QB. Our OLBs are asked to do it all and they do. Ware could not hold Harrison or Woodley's jock. That's why I ask about Matthews.

hawaiiansteel
02-02-2011, 03:13 AM
Polamalu: Speak Softly, Carry DPOY

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Troy Polamalu at media day (AP Photos)

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.net
Posted Feb 1, 2011

Troy Polamalu had to gulp hard and talk about himself again Tuesday after winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday.

DALLAS – Troy Polamalu was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year on Monday night, but, when informed of the honor, his reaction to this once-in-a-lifetime achievement was a bit, ah, different

“I felt nothing,” said Polamalu.

He explained. “I think it means a lot more to my teammates because it takes so much to make plays in this defense, in this game, and there are too many parts to really focus on just one person,” he said.

The response actually isn’t all that different from his response to winning the team’s MVP award last month, or to winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his charity work the same day, or to winning anything else he’s won in Pittsburgh since being drafted in 2003.

To those closest to him, Polamalu’s humility is his most defining characteristic – even more so than his hair.

“I was sitting downstairs in the restaurant yesterday,” said free safety Ryan Clark. “I saw it go across the screen that he won. I called him, and like most superstars he doesn’t really answer his phone very much, so I texted him. I just said, ‘Congrats, man, you deserve it. I love you.’ And he was like, ‘Well, that’s our award so let’s go try to win this trophy.’

“I think that is the most amazing thing about him. He can do all these great things on the field and you’ll never hear him talk about it. That is not what he’s concerned with, winning individual awards. He is about team. It’s great to be around a player like that with such humility, with no ego.”

Polamalu, the Steelers’ strong safety, edged Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Mathews 17-15 in the Associated Press voting, even though Polamalu was limited by an Achilles’ tendon injury throughout the second half of the season and finished with only 63 tackles, the sixth-best of his 8-year career. The only lower totals were in his rookie season (0 starts) and his injury-ravaged 2009 season (5 starts).

Polamalu did intercept 7 passes in his 14 games this season, and he turned around a handful of games with late heroics, most significantly the sack/forced-fumble in the second game against the Baltimore Ravens.

But Polamalu provides much more than statistics for the Steelers. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was asked Tuesday how he manages to disguise his defenses so well and LeBeau said, “That’s easy. You just get Troy Polamalu in your backfield.”

LeBeau called Polamalu “probably the most instinctive player I’ve ever had. He has the amazing capability of studying film and being able to instantly apply that in the game situation. A lot of guys can get down to tendencies, formation, motion, but when it comes to pulling the trigger, they do OK. Troy is exceptional. That’s why he makes so many big plays.”

LeBeau was asked how he would describe Polamalu to a stranger.

“I think I would describe him as the epitome of a competitor who prepares mentally and physically,” LeBeau said. “He has the demeanor of a warrior. All of the things that they write the books about, they are embodied in Troy. He was born to play professional football and he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.”

http://pit.scout.com/2/1044887.html