We are officially ready to give the Defensive Player of the Year Award to Haason Reddick.
With five full seasons and most of his sixth campaign in the books, Philadelphia Eagles star Haason Reddick has already established himself as one of the NFL’s top defenders. He boasts 362 total tackles, 18 pass breakups, 43 sacks, and 15 forced fumbles on his career resume, but it was until this week that he added another feather to his cap, a Pro Bowl nomination. The 2022-2023 regular season will also conclude with another first, a trip to the postseason, where we’re certain that the highlight-reel moments will continue.
A native of Camden, New Jersey, Reddick has been watching the Birds all of his life, which, no doubt, means he had a bit of disdain for the Dallas Cowboys growing up. During the offseason, he issued their fans a stern warning, and in four career games versus them, he’s enjoyed a .500 record. That includes a one-tackle performance versus Dallas this season in Week 6. He also turned in two quarterback hits, but as the season has gone on, he’s been otherworldly as he now has 12 sacks in Philly’s first 14 games.
As much as we hate to admit it, Dallas has a linebacker of their own that is pretty doggone good. Micah Parsons has also shown a penchant for getting to the quarterback. He owns 26 career sacks, and as a rookie, he earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, a Pro Bowl nod, and a First-team All-Pro nomination.
Parsons may have earned those individual accolades earlier while being many pundits’ preseason choice to win defensive MVP, but Reddick has truly outclassed him as of late. That’s why we have no issue with saying if the season ended now and it was already time to hand out postseason awards, Haason Reddick, not Micah Parsons would be our choice for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Here are two reasons that we can say that without any hesitation.