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AP Defensive Player of the Year

Year Award Recipient
1971 Minnesota Vikings AP Defensive Player of the Year Alan Page
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year Joe Greene
1973 Miami Dolphins AP Defensive Player of the Year Dick Anderson
1974 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year Joe Greene
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year Mel Blount
1976 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year Jack Lambert
1977 Dallas Cowboys AP Defensive Player of the Year Harvey Martin
1978 Denver Broncos AP Defensive Player of the Year Randy Gradishar
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers AP Defensive Player of the Year Lee Roy Selmon
1980 Oakland Raiders AP Defensive Player of the Year Lester Hayes
1981 New York Giants AP Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor
1982 New York Giants AP Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor
1983 Miami Dolphins AP Defensive Player of the Year Doug Betters
1984 Seattle Seahawks AP Defensive Player of the Year Kenny Easley
1985 Chicago Bears AP Defensive Player of the Year Mike Singletary
1986 New York Giants AP Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor
1987 Philadelphia Eagles AP Defensive Player of the Year Reggie White
1988 Chicago Bears AP Defensive Player of the Year Mike Singletary
1989 Minnesota Vikings AP Defensive Player of the Year Keith Millard
1990 Buffalo Bills AP Defensive Player of the Year Bruce Smith
1991 New Orleans Saints AP Defensive Player of the Year Pat Swilling
1992 Seattle Seahawks AP Defensive Player of the Year Cortez Kennedy
1993 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year Rod Woodson
1994 San Francisco 49ers AP Defensive Player of the Year Deion Sanders
1995 Buffalo Bills AP Defensive Player of the Year Bryce Paup
1996 Buffalo Bills AP Defensive Player of the Year Bruce Smith
1997 San Francisco 49ers AP Defensive Player of the Year Dana Stubblefield
1998 Green Bay Packers AP Defensive Player of the Year Reggie White
1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers AP Defensive Player of the Year Warren Sapp
2000 Baltimore Ravens AP Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis
2001 New York Giants AP Defensive Player of the Year Michael Strahan
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers AP Defensive Player of the Year Derrick Brooks
2003 Baltimore Ravens AP Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis
2004 Baltimore Ravens AP Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed
2005 Chicago Bears AP Defensive Player of the Year Brian Urlacher
2006 Miami Dolphins AP Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor
2007 Indianapolis Colts AP Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison
2009 Green Bay Packers AP Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers AP Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu
2011 Baltimore Ravens AP Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs
2012 Houston Texans AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt
2013 Carolina Panthers AP Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly
2014 Houston Texans AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt
2015 Houston Texans AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt
2016 Oakland Raiders AP Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack