In a far less controversial battle than the Darrelle Revis-Charles Woodson Defensive Player of the Year race, Titans running back Chris Johnson took top honors for the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award.

Johnson finished with a record 2,509 scrimmage yards, becoming the sixth player with a 2,000-yard rushing season.

That earned the second-year pro 38 1/2 votes Wednesday from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Johnson easily beat New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who received nine votes.

"I kind of realize what I did and I feel like I had a dream season," said Johnson, who scored 16 touchdowns (14 rushing), second to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, and tied the NFL mark with six consecutive games rushing for at least 125 yards.

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But Johnson is still miffed at being overlooked in the MVP race.

"I didn't even get one vote at all (for MVP)," he said. "Like the season I had, it seemed like, 'What more do they want me to do?' That just felt like rookie of the year; it's a quarterback thing I guess."