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J.J. Watt wins NFL Defensive Player award

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- J.J. Watt has won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time.
   It was not a unanimous selection for the Houston Texans defensive end, as it was last year -- a first for the honor -- but it was decisive. In tying Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as the only players to take the award three times, Watt earned 37 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL.
   Rams tackle Aaron Donald received seven votes, followed by two Carolina Panthers: linebacker Luke Kuechly with four, cornerback Josh Norman with two.
   Watt's superb fifth pro season for the AFC South champions included a league-high 17 1-2 sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and general dominance.
   Watt received the award Saturday night at NFL Honors.

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