Bruce Smith talks a good game. He plays a great game.
Smith, the star defensive end of the Buffalo Bills, has been touting himself as the best defensive player in the NFL this season. A panel of 80 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league agreed today, voting Smith the Defensive Player of the Year.
Smith easily won the balloting with 72 votes. Kansas City linebacker Derrick Thomas was next with five, followed by linebacker Charles Haley and safety Ronnie Lott of the 49ers and New Orleans linebacker Vaughan Johnson with one apiece.
"I'm overwhelmed to say the least," Smith said. "It's the perfect opportunity to thank God, my teammates and my family for their support. I think without all of them playing a vital part in winning this award, it wouldn't have been done."