SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Aldon Smith celebrates after sacking quarterback A.J. Feeley #4 of the St Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 26-0. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

PFW/PFWA 2011 All-NFL Team: Aldon Smith Wins Defensive Rookie Of The Year

Defensive tackle Justin Smith, linebacker Patrick Willis, punter Andy Lee and placekicker David Akers named to PFW/PFWA All-NFL team, while rookie Aldom Smith took home DROY honors as well.

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49ers Aldon Smith Named 2011 PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

After finishing the season only half a sack shy of Jevon Kearse’s 1999 rookie record of 14.5, San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith was named the 2011 PFW/PFWA defensive player of the year, according to the Bay Area Sports Guy.

Smith accrued 37 tackles and 2 forced fumbles along the way as well, edging Broncos rookie Von Miller for this year’s DROY award. He also broke the franchise record for sacks by a rookie as well.

Although these aren’t the AP awards, the more prestigious of the two, the two entities have only differed in opinion four times since the late 1960’s, with the latest coming in 2004 with the AP picking Dunta Robinson from the Texans and PFW/PFWA selecting Jonathan Vilma from the Saints.

Other 49ers to have won this award include Patrick Willis (2007), Dana Stubblefield (1993), and Bruce Taylor (1970), the opposite of lightweights to say the least.

For more on the 49ers, make sure you check out Niners Nation to get in on the action.

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PFW/PFWA 2011 All-NFL Team: Patrick Willis, Justin Smith Among Four 49ers

Defensive tackle Justin Smith, linebacker Patrick Willis, punter Andy Lee and placekicker David Akers named to PFW/PFWA All-NFL team.

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