J.J. Watt named Pro Football Writer’s Defensive Player of the Year
For the third time in his five NFL seasons Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writer’s of America
Add another first to the list for Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who became the first player to win the Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. It’s the third time in his five-year career to win the honor, as he also earned the distinction for his amazing 2012 and 2014 seasons.
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Watt joined some elite company there as only legendary defensive ends Bruce Smith and Reggie White have won the award three times.
After becoming the only player to record 20 or ore sacks in a single season twice (in 2012 and 2014), the defensive end put together another great campaign in 2015. Watt finished with 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 8 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
He also started all 16 games despite breaking his hand in early December. His numbers may have been even better had he not played the last few games with a club on his injured hand.
The scary thing for the rest of the NFL is that Watt is just 26 years old, meaning he has found a way to get his name in the record books without even necessarily hitting his prime yet.