Record-breaking St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn added more postseason hardware to his growing trophy mantle case this week, when he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Quinn, just 23 years old and only three seasons into his pro career, finished second in the league with 19 sacks -- the most ever in a season by a Rams player since the sack became an official stat in 1982.
He also forced seven fumbles, recovering one himself and returning it for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears, while also adding 18 total tackles for loss, 69 quarterback hits or hurries, and was a key figure in the Rams defense finishing third overall in tackle sacks (58), and ninth overall in run defense.
Earlier this month, Quinn was named to the PFWA's All-NFL and All-NFC teams, and was also named to The Associated Press'
All-Pro team. The former University of North Carolina standout, who was selected in the first round by the Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft, will play in his first Pro Bowl in Hawaii on January 26.
Punter Johnny Hekker was the only other Ram player selected to play in the Pro Bowl. The Rams finished the season with a 7-9 record and will have two picks in the first round of the upcoming Draft.
St. Louis will pick 2nd overall (courtesy of the 2012 trade with the Washington Redskins) and have their own pick at No. 13.