New York Giants safety Landon Collins says he should have taken home the hardware of the Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Collins believes that he should have won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award last year. He finished third in the voting for the award behind Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders and Von Miller of the Denver Broncos.
“Defensive Player of the Year,” he told Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB when he was asked about his goals for this year. “I feel like I was robbed (last year), and I’m going to get it this year. Look at the stats. The stats proved their point. My play proved its point. And I made game-changing plays. I made a difference.”
Collins had a breakout year last year. He had 125 tackles, four sacks, 13 pass deflections, and five interceptions last season. Even though he wasn’t named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he made the Pro Bowl and earned first-team All-Pro honors.
Michael Strahan and Lawrence Taylor are the only Giants players that have won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Strahan won it in 2001 and Taylor won it in 1981, 1982, and 1986. Landon looks like you’ll have to step up your game and have a better year this year than last year to win the Defensive Player of the Year this year.