Why James Harrison Unquestionably Deserved the NFL DPOY Award

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Published: July 12, 2009

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... of a Silverback Gorilla) of the Pittsburgh Steelers was last year's rightful NFL Defensive Player of the Year. 

Recently I've seen some articles claiming that DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys was somehow robbed of this honor.  Admittedly, it was a close vote.  But there are clear and obvious reasons that Harrison got the nod, the sixth Pittsburgh Steeler to win the award.

The award goes to the player who was the most "outstanding" defensive player in the league. 

When you look at Harrison's season in detail, you'll see that he changed and affected games more often and more significantly than did Ware. 

On the surface, a quick comparison of their stats shows:

James Harrison

Tackles:  101
Sacks:  16
Safeties:  1
Passes Defensed: 3
Interceptions:  1
Forced Fumbles:  7
NFL Defensive Player of the Week Award in 2008:  2

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