NFL: Woodson Continues Heisman Curse By Being Voted Defensive Player of the Year

Charles Woodson, who is having one of the better seasons by Defensive Back in modern history, was voted 2009 NFL Defensive Player by The Associated Press.  Woodson is totally deserving but it would have been interesting to see how the results would have been different if the voting would have taken place after the season like some suggest it should.  I bet you shutdown specialist Darrelle Revis would have made it a closer vote. 

NEW YORK -- In his own view, Charles Woodson put together his best pro season in 2009. How appropriate, then, that he is The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Charles Woodson, CB
Green Bay Packers

2009 Statistics
Tackles: 74
Sacks: 2.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Interceptions: 9

The versatile Woodson 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 New York Jetscornerback Darrelle Revis in becoming the first Green Bay winner since Reggie White in 1998 and 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.


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