Found December 29, 2012 on NESN.com:
J.J. Watt has been chasing Michael Strahan‘s single-season sack record all year long. But another defensive specialist, Lawrence Taylor, is the player who has been on Watt’s mind most recently. Taylor was the last defensive player to win the NFL’s MVP award, in 1986. More than a quarter of a century later, with 20.5 sacks and one game left to play, Watt is making a case for a defensive player to win the award again. Watt told USA Today that, while he understands why quarterbacks and wide receivers tend to take MVP honors each year, he thinks defensive players — and in particular, himself — have made the case for the hardware this season. “Being a defensive player, I want a defensive player to win it, and I think I have as good a chance as any,” he said. “And if I’m not even in the discussion, I think it’s going to be tough for anybody to ever get into the discussion again. I would love to be a representative for defensive players.” Watt is just two sacks away from tying Strahan’s singl
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