Arena Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award

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The Arena Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Arena Football League to the league's most outstanding defensive player at the end of every AFL season since 1996. Multiple-award winners include Kenny McEntyre, Clevan Thomas, and Joe Sykes; McEntyre and Thomas have won the award three times each, while Sykes has won it twice. Thomas and Vic Hall are the only players to win the award as a rookie (2002 & 2011 respectively). The award was sponsored by ADT Security Services from 2002 to 2008.[1] Since 2010, the award has been sponsored by Riddell.

AFL Defensive Players of the Year[edit]

Season Player AFL Team Position
1996 David McLeod Albany Firebirds WR/DB
1997 Tracey Perkins Tampa Bay Storm DS
1998 Johnnie Harris Tampa Bay Storm DB
1999 James Baron Nashville Kats DL
2000 Kenny McEntyre Orlando Predators DS
2001 Kenny McEntyre (2) Orlando Predators DS
2002 Clevan Thomas San Jose SaberCats DB
2003 Clevan Thomas (2) San Jose SaberCats DB
2004 Kenny McEntyre (3) Orlando Predators DS
2005 Silas DeMary Los Angeles Avengers DL/OL
2006 Jerald Brown Columbus Destroyers DB
2007 Greg White Orlando Predators DL/OL
2008 Dennison Robinson Chicago Rush DB
2010 Gabe Nyenhuis Tulsa Talons DL
2011 Vic Hall Chicago Rush DB
2012 Joe Sykes San Jose SaberCats DL
2013 Clevan Thomas (3) San Jose SaberCats DB
2014 Jason Stewart San Jose SaberCats DL
2015 Joe Sykes (2) Jacksonville Sharks DL
2016 Tracy Belton[2] Philadelphia Soul DB
2017 Beau Bell Philadelphia Soul LB
2018 Terence Moore Albany Empire LB

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ADT signs sponsorship agreement with AFL". www.orlando.bizjournals.com. American City Business Journals. April 11, 2002. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Belton Awarded Riddell Defensive Player of the Year". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.

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