Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 2/7/13
We at Patriots Life are giving out our post-season awards. Previously, we revealed the New England Patriots 2012 MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. Now we go to the Defensive Player of the Year. And the award goes to... It's Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork.Now, this award was definitely the closest one between the PatriotsLife writers (see @CultOfBelichick), but Wilfork just edges it.Despite Rob Ninkovich's transition to a defensive playmaker, the award goes to Wilfork, as he performed at a consistently high level throughout the year, mainly as a run stopper. The Patriots were very good at stopping the run this season, allowing just one RB to rush for over 100 yards on them all year, and this was one of the key reasons the Patriots defense performed a lot better this season.Add to that Wilfork's leadership ability. He and Jerod Mayo have stepped up as leaders of not just the defense, but of the team, as it's gotten very young very quickly. His anchoring of the D-Line has en...
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