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Troy Polamalu Says Troy Polamalu Didn’t Deserve DPOY Award

Troy Polamalu

Maybe he should give it back.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award by two votes over Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, but Polamalu says he doesn’t deserve the award.

After he won the award, Polamalu turned to Twitter with these words.

Thanks for the congrats. @jharrison9292 @ClayMatthews52 Ed Reed Julius Peppers way more deserving!

I don’t know about Ed Reed, Julius Peppers or James Harrison, but a lot of people can and will make a case for Matthews as being more deserving. I, of course, won’t be one of those people, but that’s beside the point.

Polamalu has never been one of those look-at-me guys, other than those damn hair commercials, so the response isn’t unexpected. In fact, I’d expect Matthews would have said something similar if he won it.

Let’s hope Matthews uses this loss on the field and shows the world who the best defensive player in the NFL really is.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Joe February 1, 2011

    He’s a very humble man and has never shown a care for individual praise, something a lot of others could benefit from. Make no mistake, Mathews nor anyone else holds a candle to 43’s value. Clay is awesome, but he doesn’t hold the value of Troy’s jock strap.

    1. DevilDon February 2, 2011

      Maybe next time 43 is injured, Steelers should play his jock strap. Steelers can’t win without the player, run that strap in there that’s more valuable than Matthews.
      It seems odd you’re so high on someone’s jock strap, even as a fan, but whatever floats your boat.

  2. jeremy February 1, 2011

    Thanks for not stooping to the level of Jets fans last season. Packers Fans are better than that. Polamalu is a great player and a great guy who has had recognition coming for quite some time. Clay will get his DPOY soon.

  3. brandon February 5, 2011

    I would pick Clay or Ed Reed. Troy and James are both cheap shot artist on the field. The players voted those 2 and Hines Ward on the Dirtiest Players in the NFL list. Ed Reed played with 3 injuries, missed part of the season and was just killing people with his interceptions.Clay is a fantastic player as well.