Watt has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, missing a perfect ballot by one vote.|||||||
The NFL's sacks leader with 20 1-2 and a pass-blocking fiend, Watt earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Denver linebacker Von Miller received the other vote. Watt, a versatile second-year player with a tremendous burst off the line, also forced four fumbles and recovered two in helping the Texans to their second straight AFC South title. With his long wingspan, he blocked a stunning 16 passes.
Watt was an unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-Pro team announced Saturday.|||||||
Watt, who led the NFL with 20 1-2 sacks, is among 17 players making their All-Pro debuts.
Watt increased his AFC-leading sack total to 19 1/2 with a strong game Sunday.|||||||
The NFL record for a season is 22 1/2.
Watt had two sacks Sunday in a 38-14 win over Tennessee.|||||||
Watt leads the NFL with 7 1/2 sacks.
The Texans took Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt with the 11th overall pick Thursday night, and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the team won't stop there as they try to bolster a unit that ranked 30th in yards allowed last season.|||||||
Phillips is hoping that the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Watt develops into a solid complement for Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in 2006 and Houston's all-time sacks leader. Watt made 43 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including 11 1/2 sacks, in 26 games at Wisconsin.