These are the Jim Thorpe Award winners. It is presented to the nation's outstanding defensive back each year.

  1. 2006 - Aaron Ross, Texas
  2. 2005 - Michael Huff, Texas
  3. 2004 - Carlos Rogers, Auburn
  4. 2003 - Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
  5. 2002 - Terrence Newman, Kansas St
  6. 2001 - Roy Williams, Oklahoma
  7. 2000 - Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin
  8. 1999 - Tyrone Carter, Minnesota
  9. 1998 - Antoine Winfield, Ohio St
  10. 1997 - Charles Woodson, Michigan
  11. 1996 - Lawrence Wright, Florida
  12. 1995 - Greg Meyers, Colo St
  13. 1994 - Chris Hudson, Colorado
  14. 1993 - Antonio Langham, Alabama
  15. 1992 - Deon Figures, Colorado
  16. 1991 - Terrell Buckley, Florida St
  17. 1990 - Darryll Lewis, Arizona
  18. 1989 - Mark Carrier, USC
  19. 1988 - Deion Sanders, Florida St
  20. 1987 - Bennie Blades, Miami
  21. 1987 - Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma
  22. 1986 - Thomas Everett, Baylor
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