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Old 01-05-2009, 12:39 PM   #11
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Default Re: ESPN reported Harrison won DPOTY

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Harrison has death grip on defensive award

NEW YORK -- Linebacker James Harrison, the best player on the NFL's best defense, won The Associated Press 2008 Defensive Player of the Year award.

The announcement was made Monday.

Harrison, whose career-high 16 sacks set a team record, also led the NFL with a career-high seven forced fumbles. He beat Dallas' DeMarcus Ware in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcaster. Pittsburgh's latest version of the Steel Curtain was the league's stingiest in total defense, pass defense and points allowed.

Harrison earned 22 votes to 13 for Ware.

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I saw it on T.V. didnt see it on website.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:44 PM   #12
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Justice is served!!

For sure I thought James would get robbed and Reed would get it. Ware had a lot of sacks on a defense that was OK, but the Cowpokes were supposed to win the SB this year and didnt even make the playoffs.

Silverback is most deserved, but Reed should have got more votes than Ware.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:44 PM   #13
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:51 PM   #14
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Default Re: ESPN reported Harrison won DPOTY

ed reed and his "vaunted" defense let us walk down the field on them and win the division. give me a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfilterin break. harrison hands down deserved it.
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ed reed and his "vaunted" defense let us walk down the field on them and win the division. give me a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfilterin break. harrison hands down deserved it.
oh we know but you know as well as all of us know how much the media drops to their knees for Ed Reed
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if any one besides harrison got it it must have been rigged.

One question why the hell do the announcers vote? What makes them no more about football than the average fan?
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One question why the hell do the announcers vote? What makes them no more about football than the average fan?
Its not the announcers. Its members of the Pro Football Writers Association. So guys like Peter King and Don Banks vote......not Steve Tasker and Beasley Reece.
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Down goes Reed...that should piss off the Ratbirds fans

Not if Harrison joins the ranks of MVP, ROY, COY, etc, etc.

Harrison had a great year. I'll still take Reed.
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I was both confident and nervous about Silverback winning this much deserved award. Today is the beginning of yet another great week!

SILVERBACK! THE VERY BEST IN THE NFL!
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I just saw it on SI.com, too.

CONGRATS, SILVERBACK!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200....ap/index.html

NEW YORK (AP) -- James Harrison slams down the current version of the Steel Curtain better than any Pittsburgh Steeler, earning him The Associated Press 2008 Defensive Player of the Year award.

The linebacker who had a career-high 16 sacks, setting a team record, and led the NFL with a career-high seven forced fumbles, beat Dallas' DeMarcus Ware in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters announced Monday. Pittsburgh defense was the league's stingiest in total defense, pass defense and points allowed. Harrison was its main hammer.

"That's something that everybody in the league would love to have, to be voted the top player in the league for that year," Harrison said. "In my mind, I think I do -- and it's going to sound boring -- what the defense allows me to do and what my teammates allow me to do."

Harrison earned 22 votes to 13 for Ware.

Baltimore safety Ed Reed, the 2004 winner, got eight votes. Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth had five and Harrison's teammate, safety Troy Polamalu, got two.

Harrison credited defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's schemes with allowing him, an undrafted free agent from Kent State who was cut several times by Pittsburgh and once by Baltimore, to eventually become a star.

"The defense is built to play with 11 guys, and if all 11 guys are on the same page, playing the same defense on the same play, there's nothing that can go wrong and that's just how we feel about it," Harrison said.

But fellow linebacker James Farrior, who has seen Harrison develop from a backup to Joey Porter into one of the game's biggest playmakers, sees Harrison as the key.

"His whole attitude about football, I think he works harder than anybody else in this locker room," Farrior said. "He has a great work ethic. He's very tuned in to what he has to do to make himself better. That's all he strives for, to try to be better than anybody else, and you can see his determination when he's out there on the field.

"We've got good players on this team, and every team has good players, but he seems to be -- this year and last year -- making the plays that made the difference in the game."

Harrison is the fifth Steeler to win the award, including three Hall of Famers from the original Steel Curtain: Joe Greene (1974), Mel Blount (1975) and Jack Lambert (1976). In 1993, Rod Woodson was AP Defensive Player of the Year, and he is eligible for the Hall for the first time this year.

The Steelers did not allow a 100-yard rusher or 300-yard passer in 2008. Harrison didn't limit his work to that stingy unit, though: Harrison also had 12 special teams tackles.

"People said I couldn't do this or couldn't do that," he noted. "I was too short, too slow. Basically, I play and prepare myself in the offseason with the thoughts of what people said I couldn't do."

And he's proven he can do just about everything.
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