The last defensive player to win the NFL's MVP award was New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986, and J.J. Watt is looking to break the long trend of offensive MVPs this season.
"Oh yeah, of course I hear it. Being a defensive player, I want a defensive player to win it, and I think I have as good a chance as any," Watt told USA TODAY Sports."
Watt is wrapping up a great year Sunday vs. the Indianapolis Colts, where he needs 2.5 sacks to surpass Michael Strahan's single-season record. He currently has 20.5 sacks, 15 passes defended and 4 forced fumbles. Yes. The guy has a point.
Yet, when it comes down to the MVP, more visible positional players like QB Peyton Manning and RB Adrian Peterson seem to get more attention, and he thinks it's not fair. "And if I'm not even in the discussion, I think it's going to be tough for anybody to ever get into the discussion again. I would love to be a representative for defensive players."
"There's obviously a strong lean toward the offensive players, which is understandable. I mean, quarterbacks and running backs touch the ball a lot more," Watt said. "But when you look at a dominant year from a defensive player, I think they can affect the game just as much as an offensive player."