By Kevin Gibson
The Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews was named 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year this week by the Sporting News.
Matthews, a second-year linebacker from USC, tallied 13-1/2 sacks, 60 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception on a defense that ranked No. 2 in the league. He began the year with successive three-sack games before defenses began keying on him.
Matthews was also named to this year’s Pro Bowl as an NFC starter.
The Sporting News awards are determined by the votes of more than 600 NFL players, coaches, and executives.