I feel this award is really useless, after doing some research I found out that this "award" it is splited most of the times between the QB and the featured RB and only once for the sole exception of Jerry Rice to the WR (he is the only WR ever to win that award and he did it twice).
Not once a Center, Guard, Tackle, Tight End and of course a Fullback has ever won it, what kind of award is that?, they should rename and give one to best QB of league and another to best RB of the league and stop calling the offensive player of the year award.
If you want to look at the winners here is the link:
On the other hand, the "Defensive Player of the Year" is a complete different story, all different positions in a DEF has won it, LB, DT, DE, CB, S. In my point of view this award really recognizes the team effort instead of just the mood of a QB or RB in a single season.
And for me I am very proud that none of the Pittsburgh Steelers has ever won the offensive "award", but we have a record of seven (7) different Steelers (including Troy) who have won the DPOY award over the years. Our closest competitor in that arena is the NY Giants with 4 times but only 2 members (LT 3 times). Also and complete different from the offensive "award" (where some players has won it in twice in years in a row), only Lawrence Taylor has accomplished the feat of wining in two consecutive years.
Here is the link too:
This is just another reason why I love Steelers Football. Congratulations for Troy Polamalu for winning the prestigious "Defensive Player of the Year award", and congrats to a great Defensive team and his coach.