Harrison Selected Steelers' 2008 Most Valuable Player


Harrison Selected Steelers' 2008 Most Valuable Player
For the second straight year, Steelers linebackerJames Harrison was recognized for his outstanding play by his teammates who voted him the team's Most Valuable Player.
Harrison, who was named to his second straight Pro Bowl as a starter, broke the team's single-season record for sacks this year by posting a career-high 16 sacks, breaking the 24-year old record of 15 by Mike Merriweather in 1984. Through 15 games, Harrison ranks fourth in the NFL with his 16 sacks and has a league-best seven forced fumbles. He has a career-high 100 tackles, which ranks third on the team, and has a team-best 34 quarterback pressures.
Harrison, a two-time GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week this season, earned the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week honors against the San Diego Chargers in Week 11 as he finished with one sack, one forced fumble, an interception (returned 33 yards) and five tackles in the Steelers' 11-10 victory at Heinz Field.
Harrison is the first outright back-to-back winner of the team's most valuable player since linebacker Levon Kirkland won the award in 1998-99. Harrison's 2008 selection represents the 15th time a linebacker has been selected Steelers MVP since 1969.
Following is the list of Steelers MVPs since 1969:


1969                WR          Roy Jefferson
1970                DT           Joe Greene
1971                LB            Andy Russell
1972                RB           Franco Harris
1973                WR          Ron Shanklin
1974                S              Glen Edwards
1975                CB           Mel Blount
1976                LB            Jack Lambert
1977                QB           Terry Bradshaw
1978                QB           Terry Bradshaw
1979                WR          John Stallworth
1980                SS           Donnie Shell
1981                LB            Jack Lambert
1982                CB           Dwayne Woodruff
1983                PK           Gary Anderson
1984                WR          John Stallworth
1985                WR          Louis Lipps
1986                LB            Bryan Hinkle
1987                LB            Mike Merriweather
1988                LB            David Little
                        CB           Rod Woodson
1989                WR          Louis Lipps
1990                CB           Rod Woodson
1991                LB            Greg Lloyd
1992                RB           Barry Foster
1993                CB           Rod Woodson
1994                LB            Greg Lloyd
1995                QB           Neil O'Donnell
1996                RB           Jerome Bettis
1997                RB           Jerome Bettis
1998                LB            Levon Kirkland
1999                LB            Levon Kirkland
2000                RB           Jerome Bettis
2001                QB           Kordell Stewart
2002                WR          Hines Ward
                        LB            Joey Porter           
2003                WR          Hines Ward
2004                LB            James Farrior
2005                NT           Casey Hampton
                        WR          Hines Ward
2006                RB           Willie Parker
2007                LB            James Harrison
2008                LB           James Harrison

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