NFL Defensive Player of the Year

The NFL Defensive Player of the Year as awarded by The Associated Press and selected by a nationwide media panel:

2011 - Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, LB

2010 - Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh, S

2009 - Charles Woodson, Green Bay, CB

2008 - James Harrison, Pittsburgh, LB

2007 - Bob Sanders, Indianapolis, S

2006 - Jason Taylor, Miami, DE

2005 - Brian Urlacher, Chicago, LB

2004 - Ed Reed, Baltimore, S

2003 - Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

2002 - Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay, LB

2001 - Michael Strahan, N.Y. Giants, DE

2000 - Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

1999 - Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay, DT

1998 - Reggie White, Green Bay, DE

1997 - Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco, DT

1996 - Bruce Smith, Buffalo, DE

1995 - Bryce Paup, Buffalo, LB

1994 - Deion Sanders, San Francisco, CB

1993 - Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh, CB

1992 - Cortez Kennedy, Seattle, DT

1991 - Pat Swilling, New Orleans, LB

1990 - Bruce Smith, Buffalo, DE

1989 - Keith Millard, Minnesota, DT

1988 - Mike Singletary, Chicago, LB

1987 - Reggie White, Philadelphia, DE

1986 - Lawrence Taylor, N.Y. Giants, LB

1985 - Mike Singletary, Chicago, LB

1984 - Kenny Easley, Seattle, S

1983 - Doug Betters, Miami, DE

1982 - Lawrence Taylor, N.Y. Giants, LB

1981 - Lawrence Taylor, N.Y. Giants, LB

1980 - Lester Hayes, Oakland, CB

1979 - Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay, DE

1978 - Randy Gradishar, Denver, LB

1977 - Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE

1976 - Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh, LB

1975 - Mel Blount, Pittsburgh, CB

1974 - Joe Greene, Pittsburgh, DT

1973 - Dick Anderson, Miami, S

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