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The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the league's most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971.

Two members of the Green Bay Packers have been honored with the award. In 1998, defensive end Reggie White won the award for a second time in his final season with the team. The most recent winner is cornerback Charles Woodson, who had nine interceptions and three touchdown runbacks for the Packers to take the 2009 honor.

Multiple-award winners include Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt, who won it three times each, and Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, and Ray Lewis, who each won it twice. Lawrence Taylor is the only player to win the award as a rookie (1981).

WinnersEdit

NFL Defensive Player of the Year winners
Presented by the Associated Press
Year No. Player of the Year Pos Team G Tkl Sck Int Yds TD FF FR Yds
1971 APage1 Alan Page DT Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings 14 -- -- 0 0 0 -- 3 8
1972 JGreene1 Joe Greene DT Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 14 -- -- 0 0 0 -- 1 0
1973 Eckel1 Dick Anderson S Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins 14 -- -- 8 163 2 -- 0 0
1974 JGreene1 Joe Greene DT Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 14 -- -- 1 26 0 -- 4 7
1975 Blount1 Mel Blount CB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 14 -- -- 11 121 0 -- 0 0
1976 Lambert1 Jack Lambert MLB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 14 -- -- 2 32 0 -- 8 36
1977 HMartin2 Harvey Martin DE Cowboys helmet Dallas Cowboys 14 -- -- 0 0 0 -- 2 7
1978 Romanowski1 Randy Gradishar OLB Broncos helmet Denver Broncos 14 -- -- 4 19 0 -- 2 30
1979 Selmon1 Lee Roy Selmon DE Buccaneers helmet Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 -- -- 0 0 0 -- 2 29
1980 LHayes1 Lester Hayes CB Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders 16 -- -- 13 273 1 -- 2 0
1981 LTaylor1 Lawrence Taylor OLB Giants helmet New York Giants 16 -- -- 1 1 0 -- 1 4
1982 LTaylor1 Lawrence Taylor OLB Giants helmet New York Giants 9 -- 7.5 1 97 1 -- 0 0
1983 Garner1 Doug Betters DE Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins 16 -- 16.0 0 0 0 -- 4 0
1984 Easley1 Kenny Easley S Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks 16 -- 0.0 10 126 2 -- 1 0
1985 Singletary1 Mike Singletary MLB Bears helmet Chicago Bears 16 -- 3.0 1 23 0 -- 3 11
1986 LTaylor1 Lawrence Taylor OLB Giants helmet New York Giants 16 -- 20.5 0 0 0 -- 0 0
1987 White1PHI Reggie White DE Eagles helmet Philadelphia Eagles 12 76 21.0 0 0 0 4 1 70
1988 Singletary1 Mike Singletary MLB Bears helmet Chicago Bears 16 -- 1.0 1 13 0 -- 1 4
1989 Millard1 Keith Millard DT Vikings helmet Minnesota Vikings 16 -- 18.0 1 48 0 0 1 31
1990 Bruce Smith1 Bruce Smith DE Bills helmet2 Buffalo Bills 16 101 19.0 0 0 0 4 0 0
1991 Swilling1 Pat Swilling OLB Saints helmet New Orleans Saints 16 60 17.0 1 39 1 6 1 5
1992 CKennedy1 Cortez Kennedy DT Seahawks helmet Seattle Seahawks 16 92 14.0 0 0 0 4 1 19
1993 RWoodson1 Rod Woodson CB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 16 95 2.0 8 138 1 2 1 0
1994 DSanders1SF Deion Sanders CB 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 14 34 0.0 6 303 3 0 1 0
1995 Kyle Williams1 Bryce Paup OLB Bills helmet2 Buffalo Bills 15 70 17.5 2 0 0 3 1 0
1996 Bruce Smith1 Bruce Smith DE Bills helmet2 Buffalo Bills 16 69 13.5 0 0 0 5 1 0
1997 Justin Smith1 Dana Stubblefield DT 49ers helmet San Francisco 49ers 16 48 15.0 0 0 0 3 0 0
1998 White1 Reggie White DE Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 16 33 16.0 0 0 0 4 0 0
1999 Sapp1 Warren Sapp DT Buccaneers helmet Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 27 12.5 0 0 0 4 2 0
2000 RLewis1 Ray Lewis MLB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 16 107 3.0 2 1 0 0 3 0
2001 Strahan99 Michael Strahan DE Giants helmet New York Giants 16 62 22.5 0 0 0 6 1 13
2002 DBrooks1 Derrick Brooks OLB Buccaneers helmet Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 88 1.0 5 218 3 1 1 11
2003 RLewis1 Ray Lewis MLB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 16 121 1.5 6 99 1 2 2 1
2004 Ed Reed1 Ed Reed S Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 16 64 2.0 9 358 1 3 2 44
2005 Urlacher1 Brian Urlacher MLB Bears helmet Chicago Bears 16 98 6.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2006 Jason Taylor1 Jason Taylor DE Dolphins helmet Miami Dolphins 16 41 13.5 2 71 2 9 2 33
2007 Bob Sanders1 Bob Sanders S Colts helmet Indianapolis Colts 15 71 3.5 2 32 0 0 1 25
2008 JHarrison1 James Harrison OLB Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 15 59 16.0 1 33 0 7 0 0
2009 Woodson1 Charles Woodson CB Packers helmet Green Bay Packers 16 65 2.0 9 179 3 4 0 0
2010 Polamalu1 Troy Polamalu S Steelers helmet Pittsburgh Steelers 14 49 1.0 7 101 1 1 1 0
2011 Suggs1 Terrell Suggs OLB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 16 70 14.0 2 9 0 7 0 0
2012 Texans99 J.J. Watt DE Texans helmet Houston Texans 16 81 20.5 0 0 0 4 2 7
2013 Kuechly1 Luke Kuechly MLB Panthers helmet Carolina Panthers 16 156 2.0 4 33 0 0 0 0
2014 Texans99 J.J. Watt DE Texans helmet Houston Texans 16 78 20.5 1 80 1 4 5 59
2015 Texans99 J.J. Watt DE Texans helmet Houston Texans 16 76 17.5 0 0 0 3 1 0
2016 Raiders52 Khalil Mack DE Raiders helmet Oakland Raiders 16 73 11.0 1 6 1 5 3 1

ComparisonEdit

By playerEdit

Multiple-award winners include Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt, who won it three times each, and Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, and Ray Lewis, who each won it twice. Lawrence Taylor is the only player to win the award as a rookie (1981).

National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award winners
• Multiple winners by player •
Tier No. Player of the Year Pos Team Seasons Awards
1st LTaylor1 Lawrence Taylor OLB Giants helmet New York Giants 1981 • 1982 • 1986 3
Texans99 J.J. Watt DE Texans helmet Houston Texans 2012 • 2014 • 2015
2nd JGreene1 Joe Greene DT Steelers helmetPittsburgh Steelers 1972 • 1974 2
Singletary1 Mike Singletary MLB Bears helmet Chicago Bears 1985 • 1988
Bruce Smith1 Bruce Smith DE Bills helmet2 Buffalo Bills 1990 • 1995
White1PHI
White1
Reggie White DE Eagles helmetPhiladelphia Eagles
Packers helmetGreen Bay Packers
1987 • 1998
RLewis1 Ray Lewis MLB Ravens helmet Baltimore Ravens 2000 • 2003

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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