Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press (AP) to the league's most outstanding defensive player at the end of every National Football League (NFL) season. It has been awarded since 1971. The winner is decided by votes from a panel of 50 AP sportswriters who regularly cover the NFL.[1] Since 2011, the award has been presented at the annual NFL Honors ceremony the day before the Super Bowl, along with other AP awards, such as the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award, and AP NFL Rookie of the Year Award.

Lawrence Taylor and J. J. Watt are the only three-time winners of the award.[2] Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, and Aaron Donald have each won it twice. Taylor is the only player to win the award as a rookie, doing so in 1981.[3] In 2008, James Harrison became the only undrafted free agent to win the award.[4] White is the only player to win the award with two different teams, winning in 1987 with the Philadelphia Eagles and again with the Green Bay Packers in 1998.[5] Watt is the only player to win the award unanimously, receiving 50 out of 50 first place votes in 2014.[6] He was also a near-unanimous winner in 2012 as he earned 49 out of 50 votes.[6]

As of the end of the 2018 NFL season, linebackers have won the award 16 times, more than any other position. A defensive end has won thirteen times, followed by nine defensive tackles, five cornerbacks, and five safeties. Only two winners of the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award have also won the AP's Most Valuable Player Award for the same season: defensive tackle Alan Page in 1971 for the Minnesota Vikings and linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986 for the New York Giants.[7] Aaron Donald is the incumbent holder of the award, winning it for the second consecutive year following the 2018 NFL season.[8]

AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award
Given forDefensive player of the year in the National Football League
Presented byAssociated Press
History
First award1971
Most winsLawrence Taylor &
J. J. Watt (3)
Most recentAaron Donald (2)

Winners

Willie Parker and Cedric Wilson
Ray Lewis (No. 52) and Terrell Suggs (No. 55) each won the award playing for the Baltimore Ravens.
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Brian Urlacher won the award in 2005 with the Chicago Bears.
Season Player Position Team Ref
1971 Alan Page Defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings [9]
1972 Joe Greene Defensive tackle Pittsburgh Steelers [10]
1973 Dick Anderson Safety Miami Dolphins [11]
1974 Joe Greene (2) Defensive tackle Pittsburgh Steelers [12]
1975 Mel Blount Cornerback Pittsburgh Steelers [13]
1976 Jack Lambert Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers [14]
1977 Harvey Martin Defensive end Dallas Cowboys [15]
1978 Randy Gradishar Linebacker Denver Broncos [16]
1979 Lee Roy Selmon Defensive end Tampa Bay Buccaneers [17]
1980 Lester Hayes Cornerback Oakland Raiders [18]
1981 Lawrence Taylor Linebacker New York Giants [19]
1982 Lawrence Taylor (2) Linebacker New York Giants [20]
1983 Doug Betters Defensive end Miami Dolphins [21]
1984 Kenny Easley Safety Seattle Seahawks [22]
1985 Mike Singletary Linebacker Chicago Bears [23]
1986 Lawrence Taylor (3) Linebacker New York Giants [24]
1987 Reggie White Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles [25]
1988 Mike Singletary (2) Linebacker Chicago Bears [26]
1989 Keith Millard Defensive tackle Minnesota Vikings [27]
1990 Bruce Smith Defensive end Buffalo Bills [28]
1991 Pat Swilling Linebacker New Orleans Saints [29]
1992 Cortez Kennedy Defensive tackle Seattle Seahawks [30]
1993 Rod Woodson Cornerback Pittsburgh Steelers [31]
1994 Deion Sanders Cornerback San Francisco 49ers [32]
1995 Bryce Paup Linebacker Buffalo Bills [33]
1996 Bruce Smith (2) Defensive end Buffalo Bills [34]
1997 Dana Stubblefield Defensive tackle San Francisco 49ers [35]
1998 Reggie White (2) Defensive end Green Bay Packers [5]
1999 Warren Sapp Defensive tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers [36]
2000 Ray Lewis Linebacker Baltimore Ravens [37]
2001 Michael Strahan Defensive end New York Giants [38]
2002 Derrick Brooks Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers [39]
2003 Ray Lewis (2) Linebacker Baltimore Ravens [40]
2004 Ed Reed Safety Baltimore Ravens [41]
2005 Brian Urlacher Linebacker Chicago Bears [42]
2006 Jason Taylor Defensive end Miami Dolphins [43]
2007 Bob Sanders Safety Indianapolis Colts [44]
2008 James Harrison Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers [45]
2009 Charles Woodson Cornerback Green Bay Packers [46]
2010 Troy Polamalu Safety Pittsburgh Steelers [47]
2011 Terrell Suggs Linebacker Baltimore Ravens [48]
2012 J. J. Watt Defensive end Houston Texans [1]
2013 Luke Kuechly Linebacker Carolina Panthers [49]
2014 J. J. Watt (2) Defensive end Houston Texans [6]
2015 J. J. Watt (3) Defensive end Houston Texans [50]
2016 Khalil Mack Defensive end Oakland Raiders [8]
2017 Aaron Donald Defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams [51]
2018 Aaron Donald (2) Defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams [52]

See also

References

General
  • Gellerman, Jacob; Drexler, Sam; Marini, Matt; Cocchiaro, Nicolas; Zerkel, Alex, eds. (2016). 2018 Official NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. pp. 524–525. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  • "AP Defensive Player of the Year Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  • "NFL Defensive Player of the Year". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. February 6, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
Footnotes
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  3. ^ Lewis, Michael (2007). The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 17. ISBN 0393066223. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Kremer, Andrea (January 8, 2017). "Ageless Steelers star James Harrison strives to be like his father". NFL.com. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Wilner, Barry (January 7, 1999). "White named defensive player of year". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. p. D1. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Brinson, Will (January 31, 2015). "J.J. Watt is first-ever unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Corry, Joel (December 30, 2014). "Who deserves the NFL MVP award?". National Football Post. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Reyes, Lorenzo (February 4, 2017). "Raiders' Khalil Mack named NFL defensive player of the year". USA Today. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Alan Page 'Hurrys' To Defensive Award". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. January 7, 1972. p. 14. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Mihoces, Gary (January 5, 1973). "Joe Greene Defensive Player of the Year". The Evening News. Associated Press. p. 6B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Buffalo's Simpson, Dolphins' Anderson Named Top Gridders". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. January 4, 1974. p. B4. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Defensive Honor Goes To 'Mean' Joe Greene". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. January 8, 1975. p. 1C. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "Pittsburgh's Mel Blount Is Top Player". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. January 9, 1976. p. 11. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lambert defense winner". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. December 29, 1976. p. 15. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "Martin Named As Top Defensive Player". The Times-News. Associated Press. January 5, 1978. p. 16. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  16. ^ "Broncos' Gradishar Wins Award". Lakeland Ledger. Associated Press. January 12, 1979. p. 1D. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Lee Roy Selmon of Tampa defensive player of year". The Day. Associated Press. December 21, 1979. p. 34. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Lowitt, Bruce (January 8, 1981). "Lester Hayes picks off defensive player award". Beaver County Times. Associated Press. p. B-1. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Taylor 1st rookie to be Defensive Player of Year". The Evening Independent. Associated Press. January 8, 1982. p. 4-C. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Defensive player honors go to Taylor once more". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. January 8, 1983. p. 15. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  21. ^ "Miami's Betters Named Defensive Player Of Year". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. December 23, 1983. p. 14B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  22. ^ "Seahawks' Easley top defender". The Sumter Daily Item. Associated Press. December 19, 1984. p. 2C. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  23. ^ "Chicago's Singletary gets defensive honor". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. December 31, 1985. p. 9. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "Taylor sweeps post-season honors". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. December 31, 1986. p. 14. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  25. ^ "White named top defensive player". The Hour. Associated Press. December 31, 1987. p. 25. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  26. ^ "Top defensive player: Singletary". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. December 29, 1988. p. 2B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  27. ^ "Millard defensive player of year". The Times-News. Associated Press. December 30, 1989. p. 15. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  28. ^ "Buffalo's Bruce Smith honored". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. January 10, 1991. p. 11. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  29. ^ "Saints' Swilling Defensive Player of the Year". Kingman Daily Miner. Associated Press. December 30, 1991. p. 6. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  30. ^ "Seattle tackle named defensive player of year". The Times-News. Associated Press. January 6, 1993. p. 1B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  31. ^ "Steelers' Woodson top defensive player". The Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. January 7, 1994. p. 2B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  32. ^ "Sanders are players of the year". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. December 29, 1994. p. 3C. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  33. ^ "Bills' Paup garners defensive player of year award". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. December 29, 1995. p. 3B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  34. ^ "Consolation for Smith: Bills star voted Defensive Player of Year". Sun Journal. Associated Press. December 30, 1996. p. 1C. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  35. ^ "Stubblefield is defensive player of year". Lodi News-Sentinel. Associated Press. December 26, 1997. p. 17. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  36. ^ "Bucs' Sapp named NFL's top defensive player". The Southeast Missourian. Associated Press. January 14, 2000. p. 1B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  37. ^ Ginsburg, David (January 3, 2001). "Ravens' Lewis named defensive player of the year". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press. p. 1B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  38. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 17, 2002). "Sackmaster Strahan wins Defensive Player award". Kingman Daily Miner. Associated Press. p. 7. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  39. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 9, 2003). "Bucs' linebacker is NFL Defensive Player of the Year". The Argus-Press. Associated Press. p. 15. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  40. ^ "Ravens Lewis' win player of the year awards". Boca Raton News. Associated Press. January 1, 2004. p. 24. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  41. ^ "First safety in 20 years to win defensive award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 7, 2005. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  42. ^ "Urlacher named AP Defensive Player of the Year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 6, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  43. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 5, 2007). "Taylor takes home AP Defensive Player of the Year honor". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  44. ^ "AP picks Colts' Sanders as top defensive player". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 7, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  45. ^ "Harrison has death grip on defensive award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 5, 2009. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  46. ^ "CB Woodson voted AP's top defensive player". NFL.com. Associated Press. January 12, 2010. Archived from the original on March 26, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  47. ^ "Steelers' Polamalu voted AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year". NFL.com. National Football League. January 31, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  48. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (February 4, 2012). "Terrell Suggs selected AP Defensive Player of the Year". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  49. ^ Brinson, Will (February 1, 2014). "Luke Kuechly wins 2013 Defensive Player of the Year". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  50. ^ "J.J. Watt wins third Defensive Player of the Year award, calls out doubters". CBS Sports. February 7, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  51. ^ Shook, Nick (February 3, 2018). "Aaron Donald named NFL Defensive Player of the Year". NFL.com. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  52. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 2, 2019). "Aaron Donald named 2018 Defensive Player of Year". Retrieved February 2, 2019.
2016 Oakland Raiders season

The 2016 Oakland Raiders season was the 57th overall of the Oakland Raiders franchise, the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, their 22nd season since their return to Oakland, and the second under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders improved on a 7–9 campaign in 2015 and finished with a winning record for the first time since 2002, finishing the regular season with a 12–4 record.

The Raiders, with their Week 15 win over the San Diego Chargers, clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2002, ending their 14-year playoff drought. The Raiders finished the season tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West division title, but lost the tiebreaker due to a head-to-head sweep.

In a Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Raider quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula while being sacked by Trent Cole and missed the remainder of the season including the Raiders sole postseason game. Backup quarterback Matt McGloin started the final game of the season for Carr, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the game forcing rookie Connor Cook to play. Cook started the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans, making him the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to make his very first NFL start in a playoff game. The Raiders were unable to win their first playoff game since 2002, falling to the Houston Texans 14–27 in a game where Cook threw one touchdown and three interceptions.On January 10, 2017, three days after the loss to the Texans, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's contract was not renewed.

Linebacker Khalil Mack was awarded Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award at seasons end.

AP Player of the Year

AP Player of the Year may refer to:

In collegiate sports:

Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year

Associated Press College Football Player of the YearIn professional sports:

Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award

Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award

Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award

The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award is presented annually by the Associated Press (AP) to a player in the National Football League (NFL) deemed to have been the "most valuable" in that year's regular season. While there have been many selectors of NFL MVPs in the past, today the MVP award presented by the AP is considered the de facto official NFL MVP award and the most prestigious. Since 2011, the NFL has held the annual NFL Honors ceremony to recognize the winner of each year's AP MVP award, along with other AP awards, such as the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year and AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The current AP NFL MVP is quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the award for the first time after the 2018 NFL season, after throwing for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first full year as a starter.The AP has presented an award recognizing the NFL's top player since 1957. The award is voted upon by a panel of 50 sportswriters at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs, though the results are not announced to the public until the day before the Super Bowl. The sportswriters chosen regularly follow the NFL, and remain mostly consistent from year to year. They are chosen based on expertise and are independent of the league itself. Voters for the award have included Troy Aikman of Fox Sports; Cris Collinsworth and Tony Dungy of NBC Sports; and Herm Edwards of ESPN. The only player to be voted unanimously is Tom Brady, who received all 50 votes for the 2010 season's award.Due to voters' tendency to favor offensive positions, the award has been overwhelmingly dominated by offensive players; of the 57 undisputed winners, 54 played an offensive position: 38 quarterbacks and 16 running backs. Two defensive players have won the award: Alan Page in 1971 as a defensive tackle, and Lawrence Taylor as a linebacker in 1986. The sole special teams player to be named AP NFL MVP was Mark Moseley, who won as a placekicker in 1982.Thirteen awardees also won the Super Bowl (or NFL Championship Game prior to 1966) in the same season. However, this has not occurred since 1999, when MVP Kurt Warner won Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams. Since then, nine AP NFL MVPs have led their team to the Super Bowl and were defeated each time. This has led to claims in recent years that there is a "curse" preventing the awardee's team from winning the Super Bowl.Eight NFL franchises have not produced an MVP, the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts have had the most overall winners with seven and the most unique winners with four different players winning the award.

Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press (AP) to the offensive player in the National Football League (NFL) deemed to have had the most outstanding season. The winner is chosen by votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters who regularly follow the NFL. Multiple-time awardees include Marshall Faulk and Earl Campbell, both of whom won the award three times, each consecutively. Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Tom Brady, Terrell Davis, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning have each won the award twice. The award is currently held by quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, who received it for the 2018 NFL season after leading the league with 5,381 passing yards and 50 touchdowns.Every winner of the award has been either a running back or a quarterback, with the exception of Rice, who won twice as a wide receiver. Running backs have been awarded 26 times, followed by quarterbacks, with 20 awards. Of the 47 winners, 28 were also named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player in the same season. Since 2011, both awards have been given out at the annual NFL Honors ceremony along with other AP awards, including the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and AP NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Awards.Players are often awarded after record-breaking or near-record-breaking offensive seasons. Running back O. J. Simpson won the award for 1973 after rushing for a record 2,003 yards, becoming the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. When his record was broken by Eric Dickerson in 1984, Dickerson placed second in voting behind quarterback Dan Marino, who that year was the first to pass for 5,000 yards in a season. Marino's 5,084 yards stood as the record for 27 years before being broken by Drew Brees in 2011, who won that season's award. In turn, 2013 winner Peyton Manning set league single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55).

List of National Football League awards

In the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in North America, there are a variety of awards presented to recognize players and teams for outstanding achievements. Each year on the night before the Super Bowl, the NFL Honors ceremony is held to present many of the league's most prestigious awards. In addition to these awards, there are many other organizations that present their own awards after each NFL season, often accompanied by a banquet and other festivities. Because of this, there is a much wider range of awards recognized in football compared to that of other major North American sports.

Ceremonies
AP awards presented
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Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winners

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