NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Updated: February 1, 2014, 7:07 PM ET
Associated Press

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

2013 -- Luke Kuechly, Carolina, LB

2012 -- J.J. Watt, Houston, LB

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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