Watt, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, registered 20.5 sacks last season to become not only the first defensive player to top the countdown in its five-year history, but also the first to crack the Top 3. Watt finished No. 5 on the list a year ago.
The 26-year-old showed his versatility in 2014, contributing on both sides of the ball. He became the first player in more than 50 years to catch a touchdown, return an interception for a score and a recover a fumble for a touchdown in the same season. Watt’s 20.5 sacks made him the first player in NFL history to have 20-plus sacks in multiple seasons. He also recorded 20.5 sacks in 2012.
The three-time All-Pro took to Twitter to express his appreciation for the honor.