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From 1969 to 1991, the Defensive of the Year award was presented by Pro Football Weekly only. PFW and the Pro Football Writers of America combined their awards in 1992. From 2013 to present the awards were presented by PFWA alone.

Season Player Team Position College
1969 Bobby Bell Kansas City Chiefs Outside linebacker Minnesota
1970 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Middle linebacker Illinois
1971 Alan Page Minnesota Vikings Defensive tackle Notre Dame
1972 Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive tackle North Texas State
1973 Alan Page Minnesota Vikings Defensive tackle Notre Dame
1974 Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive tackle North Texas Stats
1975 Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers Outside linebacker Penn State
1976 Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers Middle linebacker Kent State
1977 Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys Defensive end North Texas Stats
1978 Randy Gradishar Denver Broncos Inside linebacker Ohio State
1979 Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive end Oklahoma
1980 Lester Hayes Oakland Raiders Cornerback Texas A&M
1981 Joe Klecko New York Jets Defensive end Temple
1982 Dan Hampton Chicago Bears Defensive tackle Arkansas
1983 Bob Baumhower Miami Dolphins Defensive tackle Alabama
1984 Kenny Easley Seattle Seahawks Safety UCLA
1985 Mike Singletary Chicago Bears Middle linebacker Baylor
1986 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants Outside linebacker North Carolina
1987 Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles Defensive end Tennessee
1988 Mike Singletary Chicago Bears Middle linebacker Baylor
1989 Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings Defensive tackle Washington State
1990 Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills Defensive end Virginia Tech
1991 Reggie White Philadelphia Eagles Defensive end Tennessee
1992 Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks Defensive tackle Miami, FL
1993 Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills Defensive end Virginia Tech
1994 Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers Cornerback Florida State
1995 Bryce Paup Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Northern Iowa
1996 Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills Defensive end Virginia Tech
1997 Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers Defensive tackle Kansas
1998 Reggie White Green Bay Packers Defensive end Tennessee
1999 Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive tackle Miami, FL
2000 Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens Middle linebacker Miami, FL
2001 Michael Strahan New York Giants Defensive end Texas Southern
2002 Derrick Brooks Tampa Bay Buccaneers Outside linebacker Florida State
2003 Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens Middle linebacker Miami, FL
2004 Ed Reed Baltimore Ravens Safety Miami, FL
2005 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears Middle linebacker New Mexico
2006 Jason Taylor Miami Dolphins Defensive end Akron
2007 Bob Sanders Indianapolis Colts Safety Iowa
2008 James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers Outside linebacker Kent State
2009 Charles Woodson Green Bay Packers Cornerback Michigan
2010 Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Outside linebacker USC
2011 Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens Outside linebacker Arizona State
2012 J. J. Watt Houston Texans Defensive end Wisconsin
2013 Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams Defensive end North Carolina
2014 J. J. Watt Houston Texans Defensive end Wisconsin
2015 J. J. Watt Houston Texans Defensive end Wisconsin
2016 Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders Defensive End Buffalo
2017 Calais Campbell Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive EndMiami, FL
2018 Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams Defensive tckle Pittsburgh

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