With Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, the 1st of February, 2015, if you bet on NFL football at a sportsbook, it may be interesting for you to know that on Saturday night, the 31st of January, 2015, the NFL made the announcements of the 2014 Defensive player of the year and the Offensive player of the Year award winners.
The defensive player of the year won the award with a unanimous selection by the qualified media voters as he accumulated all 50 eligible votes for the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2014.
He's a very energetic and versatile athletic Houston Texans defensive end that collected all votes from the national panel of media judge's number some 50 who normally cover the NFL season games in both the AFC and NFC. He becomes the very 1st unanimous select for an AP award since back in 2007 when Patriots QB Brady unanimously won the MVP that year, and Watt also was the 1st for top defensive player under the present system of voting. He also finished 2nd in the AP voting for the NFL MVP behind Packers QB Rodgers who won that 2014 award.
Watt who is celebrating his 4th career pro season won this 2nd honor as he had sacks at 20.5, tackles at 78 with 29 that went for a loss, and had 10 passes blocked, forced 4 fumbles and hit the QB some 50 times. He became the 1st NFL player with multiple 20 + sack seasons, as he managed 20.5 back in the 2012 season, and that 2012 season he also won the NFL top defensive player award.
Watt whom had been seeking the award and to be the 1st defensive player to become the MVP, that was last won back in 1986, and in this election for the 2014 MVP he accumulated 13 votes in total. Watt's 13 votes give him the most votes for any defensive player since the change the amount of votes to 50 back in the 1999 season.
Watt stated the award is a result of the work of his coaches and team members and all they contributed during the 2014 season, and thanked all the people who made the award possible for him in 2014.
The award for the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year went to Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray who was a big choice for the award. During 2014 he rushed for 1,845 yards and that total was almost 500 more yards rushing this season than any other NFL RB. He led the NFL with the most yards from scrimmage at 2,263 yards, scored 13 touchdowns in 2014, and helped the Cowboys in winning the 2014 NFL East Title. His incredible rushing records and offensive performance in 2014 earned some 26 votes from the media's nationwide coverage editors for the NFL.
In the AP Offensive Player of the Year voting, RB Murray had 26 votes leading Packers QB Rodgers who had 15 votes, WR Brown of the Steelers with 5 votes and 4th was his teammate RB Bell who acquired 2 votes, Patriots TE Gronkowski and Cowboys QB Romo each accumulated on vote in this AP Offensive player of the Year Award.