AP Defensive Player of the Year Winners

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Year Lg Player Tm
2018NFLAaron DonaldLos Angeles Rams
2017NFLAaron DonaldLos Angeles Rams
2016NFLKhalil MackOakland Raiders
2015NFLJ.J. WattHouston Texans
2014NFLJ.J. WattHouston Texans
2013NFLLuke KuechlyCarolina Panthers
2012NFLJ.J. WattHouston Texans
2011NFLTerrell SuggsBaltimore Ravens
2010NFLTroy PolamaluPittsburgh Steelers
2009NFLCharles WoodsonGreen Bay Packers
2008NFLJames HarrisonPittsburgh Steelers
2007NFLBob SandersIndianapolis Colts
2006NFLJason TaylorMiami Dolphins
2005NFLBrian UrlacherChicago Bears
2004NFLEd ReedBaltimore Ravens
2003NFLRay LewisBaltimore Ravens
2002NFLDerrick BrooksTampa Bay Buccaneers
2001NFLMichael StrahanNew York Giants
2000NFLRay LewisBaltimore Ravens
1999NFLWarren SappTampa Bay Buccaneers
1998NFLReggie WhiteGreen Bay Packers
1997NFLDana StubblefieldSan Francisco 49ers
1996NFLBruce SmithBuffalo Bills
1995NFLBryce PaupBuffalo Bills
1994NFLDeion SandersSan Francisco 49ers
1993NFLRod WoodsonPittsburgh Steelers
1992NFLCortez KennedySeattle Seahawks
1991NFLPat SwillingNew Orleans Saints
1990NFLBruce SmithBuffalo Bills
1989NFLKeith MillardMinnesota Vikings
1988NFLMike SingletaryChicago Bears
1987NFLReggie WhitePhiladelphia Eagles
1986NFLLawrence TaylorNew York Giants
1985NFLMike SingletaryChicago Bears
1984NFLKenny EasleySeattle Seahawks
1983NFLDoug BettersMiami Dolphins
1982NFLLawrence TaylorNew York Giants
1981NFLLawrence TaylorNew York Giants
1980NFLLester HayesOakland Raiders
1979NFLLee Roy SelmonTampa Bay Buccaneers
1978NFLRandy GradisharDenver Broncos
1977NFLHarvey MartinDallas Cowboys
1976NFLJack LambertPittsburgh Steelers
1975NFLMel BlountPittsburgh Steelers
1974NFLJoe GreenePittsburgh Steelers
1973NFLDick AndersonMiami Dolphins
1972NFLJoe GreenePittsburgh Steelers
1971NFLAlan PageMinnesota Vikings
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