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September 01, 2010

Miles Austin and Jay Ratliff named 2009 Offensive and Defensive POY

The Cowboys took care of a little old business Wednesday at the annual kickoff luncheon, which supports the Dallas Cowboys Courage House at Happy Hills Farm Academy.

Receiver Miles Austin was named the 2009 Offensive Player of the Year following a breakout campaign in which he had 81 catches for 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Austin had a great year but it comes as a surprise that he won the award over quarterback Tony Romo, who had a special season of his own. But there is a difference between player of the year and most valuable player.

And considering he began the season as the No.3 receiver and didn't get his first start until the fifth game, Austin is very deserving of being the offensive player of the year.

Defensively, there was little doubt who the best player was week in and week out. With linebacker DeMarcus Ware hobbled with injuries for much of the year, the clear choice was nose tackle Jay Ratliff who is the heart and soul of the defense and quite possibly the best player at his position in the NFL.

Ratliff was named first team all-pro after last season.





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