Jan. 12, 2010
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Former U-M two-time All-American and 1997 Heisman Trophy Winner, Charles Woodson, was named the Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year today (Tuesday, Jan. 12). Woodson received 28 of a possible 50 votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters that cover the NFL. The Green Bay Packers cornerback had double the votes of second-place finisher, cornerback Darrelle Revis of New York Jets (14).
Woodson became the first cornerback chosen as the league's top defensive performer since Deion Sanders won the award in 1994. Woodson joins Reggie White as the only players in Packers history to win the award.
In his 12th season in the league, Woodson produced his best all-around year in 2009. He set career highs in tackles (81), passes defended (21) and led the NFL with nine interceptions during the regular season. Woodson led the league with 13 overall takeaways (nine picks, four forced fumbles). He set a Packers franchise record with three interception returns for touchdowns during the year. As a result, Woodson was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in his career.
He was a key ingredient in the Packers' dominating defense that ranked second in the league in overall defense and first in the NFL in interceptions (30), takeaways (40) and turnover margin (plus-24). The Packers posted an 11-5 record during the season and won seven of their final eight games to secure an NFC wild-card berth.
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