JAMES HARRISON WINS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Posted by Mike Florio on January 5, 2009, 1:34 p.m. EST
The Associated Press has announced the latest of its NFL postseason awards based on 50 votes, which apparently can be divided into a potentially infinite number of fractions.
Linebacker James Harrison of the Steelers is the 2008 defensive player of the year.
Harrison grabbed 22 of the 50 votes, nine more than Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
Ravens safety Ed Reed received eight votes, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth got five, and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu finished with two.
Shut out was Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, despite having more sacks than Harrison, and playing in a defense that had lost Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor.
(Man, we can’t wait to hear Porter b**** about this one.)
For Harrison, the award caps the remarkable ascension of a guy who was cut three times by the Steelers and once by the Ravens.
Harrison also is the reigning two-time Steelers MVP, and he received three votes for league MVP.