Aldon Smith’s scintillating 2012 season has been recognized by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, as he was named the NFL 101 NFC Defensive Player of the Year.
Smith’s 19.5 sacks in the regular season helped him earn the honor, which he was awarded in just his second year in the league by a group of 101 media members who cover the NFL. The 43rd annual NFL 101 Awards will be handed out in Kansas City on March 2, a short drive from Smith’s high school in Raytown, Mo. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh attended the event last year after being named 2011 NFC Coach of the Year.
Joining Smith in the 2012 award class are Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson (NFC Offensive POY), Denver quarterback Peyton Manning (AFC Offensive POY), Houston defensive end J.J. Watt (NFC Defensive POY), Indianapolis coaches Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians (AFC Co-COY) and Seattle coach Pete Carroll (NFC COY).
The prestigious black-tie awards event was founded in 1969 and is presented this year by Perfect Output and ECCO Select. NFL Network’s Paul Burmeister will co-host the event with former NFL quarterback and current CBS analyst Rich Gannon. Event proceeds will be directed to the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation in Kansas City.
NFC Defensive Player of the Year, Aldon Smith, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers
- First-time 101 Award winner
- First in NFC and second in NFL with 19.5 sacks, recorded 66 tackles and forced three fumbles
- Fastest player in the NFL to record 30 sacks, accounting for 33.5 his first two seasons
- Set franchise record for single-season sacks this year after establishing the rookie sack record in 2011
- Selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time
- Led the 49ers to an 11-4-1 record and the NFC West Division title
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