Woodson Takes Home the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award

For the first time since the late, great Reggie White, the Green Bay Packers can boast they have the best defensive player in the NFL. Today, cornerback Charles Woodson took home the award, being named as The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Woodson had an outstanding year, as he was tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, and was a key to the Packers’ turnaround on defense. His role in Green Bay’s ranking second in overall defense, first in interceptions (30), takeaways (40) and turnover margin (plus-24) earned Woodson 28 votes Tuesday from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

“Yeah, it’s the best,” Woodson said of his performance this season. “There’s no question about it. I was hesitant to say it early on this year; just consistent play, playing at a high level every week, turnovers, playing multiple positions and playing them well. Combine that with just going out there and having fun, and this is definitely the best.”

He doubled the number of votes for cornerback Darrelle Revis. He is just the second Packer in the 36-year history of the award. Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy recipient, is the first cornerback chosen top defensive player since Deion Sanders in 1994.

“Any time you go out there on the field, you go out there to win the game, of course,” Woodson said, “but you go out there to be consistent and a reliable player. And that’s what that award is. You go out there, you can make plays and can continue to make them through the season and you’re mentioned as far as being Defensive Player of the Year, you know you’re doing some things right.”

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One Response to “Woodson Takes Home the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award”

  1. Harrison says:

    Absolute garbage. Revis got his hands on 50 percent on the balls thrown his way all season. Woodson did a great job getting burned and giving up 2 touchdowns in the playoffs though. Revis was responsible for 2 touchdowns all SEASON.

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