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NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Odds, winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

The Defensive Player of the Year award is the league's most highly-coveted award for defenders and the list of past winners is filled with legends.

Myles Garrett won the 2023 edition of the award with 14.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defended, 42 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, and 30 QB hits.

Past winners still in the league are Garrett, Nick Bosa, T.J. Watt, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Stephon Gilmore.

2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year finalists

Myles Garrett

Micah Parsons

T.J. Watt

DaRon Bland

Maxx Crosby

Read more: NFL Honors winners, awards, voting results & more

NFL Defensive Player of the Year past winners

SeasonNamePositionTeam
2022Nick BosaDESan Francisco 49ers
2021TJ WattOLBPittsburgh Steelers
2020Aaron DonaldDTLos Angeles Rams
2019Stephon GilmoreCBNew England Patriots
2018Aaron DonaldDTLos Angeles Rams
2017Aaron DonaldDTLos Angeles Rams
2016Khalil MackDEOakland Raiders
2015JJ WattDEHouston Texans
2014JJ WattDEHouston Texans
2013Luke KeuchlyMLBCarolina Panthers
2012JJ WattDEHouston Texans
2011Terrell SuggsOLBBaltimore Ravens
2010Troy PolamaluSPittsburgh Steelers
2009Charles WoodsonCBGreen Bay Packers
2008James HarrisonOLBPittsburgh Steelers
2007Bob SandersSIndianapolis Colts
2006Jason TaylorDEMiami Dolphins
2005Brian UrlacherMLBChicago Bears
2004Ed ReedSBaltimore Ravens
2003Ray LewisMLBBaltimore Ravens
2002Derrick BrooksMLBTampa Bay Buccaneers
2001Michael StrahanDENew York Giants
2000Ray LewisMLBBaltimore Ravens
1999Warren SappDTTampa Bay Buccaneers
1998Reggie WhiteDEGreen Bay Packers
1997Dana StubblefieldDTSan Francisco 49ers
1996Bruce SmithDEBuffalo Bills
1995Bryce PaupOLBBuffalo Bills
1994Deion SandersCBSan Francisco 49ers
1993Rod WoodsonCBPittsburgh Steelers
1992Cortez KennedyDTSeattle Seahawks
1991Pat SwillingOLBNew Orleans Saints
1990Bruce SmithDEBuffalo Bills
1989Keith MillardDTMinnesota Vikings
1988Mike SingletaryMLBChicago Bears
1987Reggie WhiteDEPhiladelphia Eagles
1986Lawrence TaylorOLBNew York Giants
1985Mike SingletaryMLBChicago Bears
1984Kenny EasleySSeattle Seahawks
1983Doug BettersDEMiami Dolphins
1982Lawrence TaylorOLBNew York Giants
1981Lawrence TaylorOLBNew York Giants
1980Lester HayesCBOakland Raiders
1979Lee Roy SelmonDETampa Bay Buccaneers
1978Randy GradisharMLBDenver Broncos
1977Harvey MartinDEDallas Cowboys
1976Jack LambertMLBPittsburgh Steelers
1975Mel BlountCBPittsburgh Steelers
1974Joe GreeneDTPittsburgh Steelers
1973Dick AndersonSMiami Dolphins
1972Joe GreeneDTPittsburgh Steelers
1971Alan PageDTMinnesota Vikings

NFL Defensive Player of the Year trophy

The NFL Defensive Player of the Year trophy features a bronze NFL logo attached to a pedestal. It is similar to the other trophies for awards announced at the NFL Honors ceremony.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year announcement

The NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner is announced at the NFL Honors ceremony, taking place on Thursday, February 8 at 9 PM ET.

NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting

A panel of 50 sports journalists affiliated with the Associated Press votes on the NFL end-of-season awards, including the Defensive Player of the Year. For Defensive Player of the Year, voters rank their first three choices which makes it easier for the AP to calculate second- and third-placed finishers in voting.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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