The National Football League's Defensive Rookie of the Year named by the Associated Press and selected each year by a nationwide panel of sportwriters and broadcasters:
2007 - Patrick Willis, San Francisco, LB
2006 - DeMeco Ryans, Houston, LB
2005 - Shawne Merriman, San Diego, LB
2004 - Jonathan Vilma, New York Jets, LB
2003 - Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, LB
2002 - Julius Peppers, Carolina, DE
2001 - Kendrell Bell, Pittsburgh, LB
2000 - Brian Urlacher, Chicago, LB
1999 - Jevon Kearse, Tennessee, DE
1998 - Charles Woodson, Oakland, CB
1997 - Peter Boulware, Baltimore, LB
1996 - Simeon Rice, Arizona, DE
1995 - Hugh Douglas, New York Jets, DE
1994 - Tim Bowens, Miami, T
1993 - Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco, T
1992 - Dale Carter, Kansas City, CB
1991 - Mike Croel, Denver, LB
1990 - Mark Carrier, Chicago, S
1989 - Derrick Thomas, Kansas City, LB
1988 - Erik McMillan, N.Y. Jets, S
1987 - Shane Conlan, Buffalo, LB
1986 - John Offerdahl, Miami, LB
1985 - Duane Bickett, Indianapolis, LB
1984 - Bill Maas, Kansas City, NT
1983 - Vernon Maxwell, Baltimore, LB
1982 - Chip Banks, Cleveland, LB
1981 - Lawrence Taylor, N.Y. Giants, LB
1980 - Buddy Curry, Atlanta, LB, and Al Richardson, Atlanta, LB
1979 - Jim Haslett, Buffalo, LB
1978 - Al Baker, Detroit, E
1977 - A.J. Duhe, Miami, T
1976 - Mike Haynes, New England, S
1975 - Robert Brazile, Houston, LB
1974 - Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh, LB
1973 - Wally Chambers, Chicago, T
1972 - Willie Buchanon, Green Bay, CB
1971 - Isiah Robertson, Los Angeles, LB
1970 - Bruce Taylor, San Francisco, CB
1969 - Joe Greene, Pittsburgh, T
1968 - Claude Humphrey, Atlanta, E
1967 - Lem Barney, Detroit, CB
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