NFL Approximate Value Year-by-Year Leaders

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For some seasons (1960-1969 & 1947-1950) leaders for both leagues are shown.


  • + indicates Hall of Famer, season age in parentheses
Leaders Table
Year Player AV Tm
2019Lamar Jackson (22)25BAL
2018Patrick Mahomes (22)22KAN
2017Todd Gurley (23)19LAR
2017Tom Brady (40)19NWE
2016Matt Ryan (31)21ATL
2015J.J. Watt (26)21HOU
2014J.J. Watt (25)22HOU
2013Louis Vasquez (26)20DEN
2012Adrian Peterson (27)19MIN
2012J.J. Watt (23)19HOU
2011Aaron Rodgers (27)23GNB
2010Arian Foster (24)20HOU
2009David Harris (25)21NYJ
2009Darrelle Revis (24)21NYJ
2008James Harrison (30)19PIT
2008Ray Lewis+ (33)19BAL
2007Tom Brady (30)24NWE
2006LaDainian Tomlinson+ (27)26SDG
2005Tiki Barber (30)21NYG
2004Peyton Manning (28)21IND
2004Edgerrin James+ (26)21IND
2003Priest Holmes (29)21KAN
2002Priest Holmes (28)23KAN
2001Marshall Faulk+ (28)22STL
2000Ray Lewis+ (25)23BAL
1999Marshall Faulk+ (26)25STL
1998Terrell Davis+ (25)22DEN
1997Terrell Davis+ (24)19DEN
1997Barry Sanders+ (29)19DET
1996Bruce Smith+ (33)21BUF
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)20DAL
1994Steve Young+ (32)23SFO
1993Steve Young+ (31)23SFO
1992Steve Young+ (30)22SFO
1991Pat Swilling (26)23NOR
1990Thurman Thomas+ (24)20BUF
1990Rod Woodson+ (25)20PIT
1990Charles Haley+ (26)20SFO
1989Karl Mecklenburg (29)20DEN
1988Keith Millard (26)20MIN
1987Andre Tippett+ (27)18NWE
1986Wilber Marshall (24)23CHI
1985Richard Dent+ (24)19CHI
1985Andre Tippett+ (25)19NWE
1985Eric Wright (26)19SFO
1985Anthony Munoz+ (27)19CIN
1984Dan Marino+ (22)21MIA
1983Doug Betters (27)20MIA
1982Dan Fouts+ (31)22SDG
1982Wes Chandler (26)22SDG
1981Dan Fouts+ (30)19SDG
1980Herbert Scott (27)18DAL
1979Wilbert Montgomery (24)18PHI
1978Tony Dorsett+ (24)17DAL
1978Jim Zorn (25)17SEA
1977Rolland Lawrence (26)24ATL
1976Lydell Mitchell (27)23BAL
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)25BUF
1974Otis Armstrong (23)22DEN
1973Willie Brown+ (32)20OAK
1972Larry Brown (24)20WAS
1972Ron Johnson (24)20NYG
1971Alan Page+ (26)19MIN
1971Greg Landry (24)19DET
1971Paul Warfield+ (28)19MIA
1970Alan Page+ (25)22MIN
1969Alan Page+ (24)23MIN
1969Bobby Bell+ (29)17KAN
1968Bobby Boyd (30)21BAL
1968Don Maynard+ (33)17NYJ
1967Fran Tarkenton+ (27)19NYG
1967Johnny Unitas+ (34)19BAL
1967Miller Farr (24)17HOU
1966Otis Taylor (24)20KAN
1966Leroy Kelly+ (24)18CLE
1965Jim Brown+ (29)21CLE
1965Dave Grayson (26)17OAK
1964Jim Brown+ (28)23CLE
1964Gino Cappelletti (30)16BOS
1963Jim Brown+ (27)22CLE
1963Lance Alworth+ (23)16SDG
1963Clem Daniels (26)16OAK
1962Herb Adderley+ (23)21GNB
1962Abner Haynes (24)20DTX
1961George Blanda+ (33)22HOU
1961Jim Brown+ (25)19CLE
1960Jim Brown+ (24)21CLE
1960Bill Groman (24)16HOU