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Clay Matthews in the Running for Defensive Player of the Year

October 14th, 2015

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Courtesy of Bleacher Report

Clay Matthews has a Super Bowl ring. He’s earned first-team All-Pro honors and been to five Pro Bowls. In 2010, he won the Butkus Award and was named NFC and Pro Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year. Judging by his start to the 2015 season, Matthews is determined to add an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award to his haul.

The 29-year-old has 4.5 sacks for the season. Matthews has played 98.8 percent of snaps (325 of 329) for the Packers, which is an impressive stat. When you take into consideration Matthews’ full-throttle playing style, it becomes a remarkable one.

Matthews is the linchpin of that defense. He’s a different type of leader to Rodgers—he’s wild and frenzied, as opposed to Rodgers’ calm approach, but he commands the same level of respect and admiration as the Packers quarterback.

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