In what was another season where Troy was hampered by injuries it didn't matter in the end. On Monday night on the NFL Network the All-World Steelers safety was named the 2010 AP Defensive player of the year, garnering 17 of the possible 50 votes. Polamalu was the first Steeler to win the award since 2008 when James Harrison took home the honor. Consequently that was the last time the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl.
Clay Matthews received 15 votes and James Harrison received eight votes to round out the top three vote getter's. Not too bad when you have two of your defensive players in the top three of the DPOY voting.
Polamalu finished the season with 63 tackles, one sack, five tackle for loss, seven interceptions and a touchdown scored. The seven interceptions was good for second in the NFL.
More than the stats can tell Troy was just an unreal monster this year. You could say that Troy won at least three games for this football team during the year and probably made the play of the year when he strip sacked Joe Flacco to set up the Steelers game winning touchdown in a week 13.
I don't think that people can say that Troy does not deserve this award because he is the best defensive player in the game. A well deserved honor for a truly remarkable player.
Here are some more highlights of Troy this season.
Congrats Troy. Lets get seven.