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Super Mario Wins Defensive Lineman of the Year

Texans’ 2nd Year Defensive End, Mario Williams, claimed the NFL Alumni Association’s Defensive Lineman of the Year after finishing his fantastic 2007 season.  Williams, the first overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, finished this season with a bang after a dismal rookie season.   In the 2007 season he finished with 59 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.  This was a major step-up for him and the team.  In 2007, Williams finished with 4 times the sacks and 12 more tackles than his rookie season, when he suffered plantar fasciitis for the whole season.  Also, the team pulled in more wins with a different attitude.  The diehard Texans jumped from a 6-10 season 2006 season to an 8-8 2007 season.

Along with the award, Williams was nominated to two other acknowledgments.  He was nominated as one of five finalists to win the GMC NFL Defensive Player of the Year, which was awarded to Indianapolis Colts S Bob Sanders Monday.  Also, Williams was nominated as an alternate to the Pro Bowl in reward for his first-overall-pick-worthy 2007 season. 

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