Predicting The 2013 NFL Awards

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Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a victory against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Player Of The Year

Jason Pierre-Paul-New York Giants

JPP had an absolutely monstrous 2011 campaign as he managed 16.5 sacks on his way to leading the Giants defense to the Super Bowl. He was such a raw talent that every football analyst just knew that he would come back in 2012 much improved, and destroy the league. However that did not happen. JPP only managed 6.5 sacks last year and for the most part was written off throughout the season laregely due to the fact that it was obvious he was playing injured.

It is because of this “2012 failure” that I think JPP will return to his 2011 form next year and take home the DPOY award. There is not much in this world that will motivate a person more than failure. Football is a prime example. We have seen countless examples of players having a miserable game, only to bounce back in a great way the next week. The same can be said for overall seasons. Plenty of guys have had bad years (like JPP), and then come back to reach amazing heights.

JPP will find a way to stay healthy and in turn, he will provide the production that the Giants defense needs from him. JPP is one of the most gifted athletes to ever step foot on a football field, and his talent will not go to waste two seasons in a row.