Jan. 31, 2008
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Bob Sanders, who starred in the defensive backfield for the University of Iowa from 2000-03, was named GMC Defensive Player of the Year, the NFL released Thursday, Jan. 31.
Sanders, a two-time All-Pro, led the Indianapolis Colts secondary this season, totaling 96 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks for 17 yards, six pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and two interceptions for 32 yards. His sack total was tied for second on the team. Sanders fronted a defense that led the NFL in fewest points allowed (262) and ranked second in pass defense (172.8) and third in total yards per game (279.7). Sanders’ consistently energetic and effective play enabled the Colts to reach a 13-3 record and earn the No. 2 seed in the AFC. He started 15 games at strong safety and had three double-digit tackle outings. Sanders had a big game in Week 2 at Tennessee, when he made 11 tackles and had 2.5 sacks to help Indianapolis beat the Titans 22-20 in Tennessee. Sanders was nominated for one GMC Defensive Player of the Week award.
More than 242,000 fan votes were submitted for the 2007 GMC Defensive Player of the Year on NFL.com from Jan. 7-23.
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