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Old 02-06-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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J. J. Watt named NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press Saturday at the NFL Honors awards. In winning the award, Watt becomes just the second player in NFL history to win the award three times, joining New York Giants great Lawrence Taylor.

Watt also won the award in 2012 and 2014. In 2014, Watt was the first player to ever be the unanimous choice for the award.

The 26-year-old defensive end finished the 2015 season leading the NFL in sacks (17.5), tackles for loss (29) and quarterback hits (50). Watt also recorded 76 tackles (57 solo), eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the way to helping the Texans to their third AFC South Division title in the last five years. His sack total ranks as the third-highest single-season mark in franchise history behind his 20.5 sacks in 2012 and 2014.

Watt had six multi-sack (2.0-or-more) games in 2015 and now has 21 such games in his career, the second-most of any player in the NFL over his first five seasons in league history. Watt also put together his third career 15.0-sack season, the second-most in the NFL since 1982. Reggie White is the only other player to notch three 15.0-sack seasons in his first five years in the league.

The 2011 first-round pick from Wisconsin passed Derrick Thomas (66.0) for the second-most career sacks in a player's first five seasons in NFL history and became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 70.0 sacks (Reggie White, 57 games).

Since entering the league in 2011, Watt leads the NFL in sacks (74.5), tackles for loss (132) and quarterback hits (209). The 2015 season was Watt's fourth-straight season with 10.0-or-more sacks, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. He also became the first player in team history with four seasons (2012-15) of 10-or-more sacks.

Watt has now posted two straight seasons with 50-or-more quarterback hits and four straight (2012-15) with 40-or-more. His last four seasons are currently the top four single-season quarterback hit totals since 2006.

A look at the 2015 Honors and Awards for @HoustonTexans DE @JJWatt:</p>-- Texans PR (@TexansPR) February 7, 2016

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