A nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL came together to name the Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and Elvis Dumervil tied for third. Packers cornerback Charles Woodson took home the award with 28 votes.
Dumervil led the league in sacks this season with 17, setting a new Broncos single-season record. His 11 sacks on third downs in 2009 tied for the most in a single season since at least 1991, and became the first Bronco to lead the league in sacks, and joined Indianapolis DE Dwight Freeney as the only two players in history to win a sack title at the NCAA-FBS and NFL levels. He finished the 2009 campaign with 49 tackles, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (14 votes) came in second for the award behind Woodson, and Saints safety Darren Sharper tied with Dumervil for third with three votes. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen received the final two votes.
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