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