Packers OLB Clay Matthews won the third annual professional Butkus Award, honoring the best linebacker in professional football. Matthews was selected by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists and was presented the award during a weekend special edition of the Pro Football Weekly television show.
Matthews will face the runner-up for the award, Steelers OLB James Harrison, in Sunday's Super Bowl.
"In addition to his ferocious play in just his second NFL season, the panel was impressed with how fellow players and others in the Packers' organization describe Matthews as a great teammate and citizen off the field," PFW publisher Hub Arkush said. "He truly embodies everything the Butkus Award is meant to be about."
Matthews finished the 2010 regular season with 60 tackles, 13½ sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception returned for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. He has recorded 3½ sacks in the Packers' three playoff games so far.
Texas A&M OLB Von Miller, one of the top prospects in this year's draft, was the collegiate Butkus Award winner.