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Withe the regular season in the books and only one game left to play, I figured this would be a good time to discuss the major awards for the 2012 season and who should win them, as well as who will. I’m a defense guy, so I think I’ll kick off this series with the defensive player of the year. First, the candidates. Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers After a stellar season that still has one game left to make an impact, Smith has to be as likely to win this award as any previous suitor. He’s had the biggest impact on that side of the ball for a team playing in the Super Bowl. Any other season, a guy that finishes the regular season with 19.5 sacks, 49 tackles, and interception and 3 forced fumbles would be a slam dunk to win this award. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans While most pundits expected a sophomore slump for Watt, he actually improved over his already terrific rookie season. To do what Watt did from his position in a 3-4 defense was truly remarkable. With 20.5 sacks, 69 ...

J.J. Watt suffered a nasty cut to his finger (Photo)

  Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a nasty cut to his pinkie finger early on during yesterday’s Pro Bowl. “I didn’t even realize how bad it bled, but it bled pretty good. That’s football. It’s not fun if you’re not going to get bloody,” Watt said, per Nick Scurfield of The good thing is that Watt was able to finish the game and will...

Texans’ J.J. Watt Injures Finger in Pro Bowl

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt was one of the players to take the Pro Bowl a bit more seriously this season, and doing so cost him a cut pinky finger. The potential Defensive Player of the Year sliced open his finger early in the contest, causing it to bleed “pretty good,” Watt told Nick Scurfield of "I didn’t even realize how bad it bled...

Justin Smith says his triceps injury is getting better

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith says he feels like his torn triceps injury is getting better instead of worse as time goes on. “I can do more stuff every week,” said Smith, per the Sacramento Bee. “I think it heals up, obviously, as more time goes by and it’s feeling better.” The 49ers are going to need Smith to make an impact in Sunday’s Super Bowl if...

49ers DL Justin Smith to Undergo Surgery after Super Bowl

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith has triceps surgery scheduled for a few days after this weekend’s Super Bowl, according to Ian Rapoport of #49ers DL Justin Smith has triceps surgery planned for a few days after #SB47, I'm told. He said he's got 4 quarters left, though — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 29, 2013 Smith sustained a partially...

Smith Determination Proves Importance of Super Bowl

San Francisco’s Justin Smith proved this week the importance of playing in a Super Bowl after the 49ers defensive lineman revealed that he will fight through the pain for a chance to make history in New Orleans on Sunday. Smith risks serious damage to his left triceps during the game after partially injuring the muscles before the playoffs began this winter. In fact, it has been...

49ers respond to Obama's concerns

Aldon Smith was among several players preparing for the Super Bowl who doesn't see anything wrong with their kids playing football. Responding to President Obama's comments questioning the safety of the game, the 49ers' All-Pro linebacker and a few teammates said they'd allow their sons to follow them into the sport. ''It's not like we signed up and...

JJ Watt’s Beautiful Girlfriend, Sydney Leroux, Attends Pro Bowl (Photos)

Houston Texans’ defensive end JJ Watt has had a defensive MVP caliber season, he led the NFL in sacks, the Texans won the AFC South, and they made their second straight trip to the playoffs. Even with all of those accomplishments his best move in 2012 was making Sydney Leroux his girlfriend. Leroux is a 20 year old Forward on the US Women’s National soccer team. She is one of...

Justin Smith Is Core of 49ers’ Defense, Which Could Cause Real Problems for Joe Flacco, Ravens

The San Francisco 49ers made it to the Super Bowl this season on the strength of their defense, and defensive lineman Justin Smith played a key role in that effort. Smith has never been one to rack up gaudy statistics, managing 70 tackles and 8 1/2 sacks in arguably his best NFL season (2010), and this year was not much different. Smith piled up 66 tackles and took down opposing...

Aldon Smith admits being surprised at team MVP selection

NEW ORLEANS -- Despite his constant efforts to avoid breaking news or engaging in meaningful conversation about anything controversial, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Monday that outside linebacker Aldon Smith was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates. That was both newsworthy and controversial. Harbaugh discussed it during his Monday press conference in...

Jim Harbaugh confident Smiths ready to apply heat

NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't seem particularly worried about outside linebacker Aldon Smith's sack drought heading in Super Bowl XLVII. Smith finished second in the NFL behind Houston's J.J. Watt with 19.5 sacks during the regular season, but hasn't logged one since Week 14. Part of his failure to get to the quarterback could be...

Kaepernick, Willis Super Bowl quotes

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and linebacker Patrick Willis answered questions from the media on Sunday in New Orleans. Transcript provided by Quarterback Colin Kaepernick: (on if playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome earlier this year was beneficial in getting ready for the Super

Super Bowl Hog Report: Suggs and Smith Lead Underacheiving Hogs

For the 49ers and Ravens, their big names including Terrell Suggs, Aldon Smith, and Haloti Ngata have not achieved big results in the NFL playoffs.

Stop the insanity, end the Pro Bowl in 2014

The NFL held it’s annual All-Star event yesterday, hopefully for the last time. The Pro Bowl has been under scrutiny since last year’s blowout, lackluster event. Last year, the AFC trounced the NFC 59-41 enroute to scoring 100 total points. This year the NFC returned the favor, whipping the AFC 62-35 for the third highest point total in the history of the game. Stop this madness...
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