Houston Texans J.J. Watt was named Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year. It is the second consecutive year that Watt has won the award presented by the Sporting News, and the award should not be taken lightly.
Awards from he Sporting News are voted on by NFL players, coaches and executives. Watt received 116 votes while Luke Keuchly had 113, making this a barometer for the NFL’s Defensive player of the year.
Watt racked up 76 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 50 quarterback hits and 8 passes defensed in 2015. Watt also notched his fourth consecutive double digit sack season with 17.5 and would have easily surpassed 20 sack if he did not break his hand and play with a cast for three games.
Nursing the hand injury and a groin that required surgery, Watt is going to be up for his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year award putting him in even more rare air if he can win the award.