These are the Chuck Bednarik Award winners. It is presented to the nation's best defensive player each year.

  1. 2005 - Paul Posluszny, Penn State
  2. 2004 - David Pollack, Georgia
  3. 2003 - Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
  4. 2002 - EJ Henderson, Maryland
  5. 2001 - Julius Peppers, UNC
  6. 2000 - Dan Morgan, Miami
  7. 1999 - Lavar Arrington, Penn State
  8. 1998 - Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M
  9. 1997 - Charles Woodson, Michigan
  10. 1996 - EJ Henderson, Maryland
  11. 1995 - Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
  12. 1994 - Warren Sapp, Miami
  13. 1993 - Rob Waldrop, Arizona
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