Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/20/14
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Second-year Houston Texans end J.J. Watt, a former Wisconsin Badger, has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, missing a perfect ballot by one vote. The NFL's sacks leader with 20 12 and a pass-blocking fiend, Watt earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Denver linebacker Von Miller received the other vote. Watt, a versatile player with a tremendous burst off the line, also forced four fumbles and recovered two in helping the Texans to their second straight AFC South title. With his long wingspan, he blocked a stunning 16 passes. Watt is the first Texans player to win the award. Last year, Miller ran away with the top defensive rookie award while Watt was not in contention. Watt played the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Wisconsin after transferring from Central Michigan, where he was a tight end. While with the Badgers, he racked up 11.5 sacks in two seasons before becoming the No. ...
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