Alan Page – 1971
It’s almost unthinkable for a defensive player to win the MVP award because only two have achieved this. Page became the first defensive tackle in history to claim the coveted award after a great year in 1971. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year was a true trailblazer and one of the greatest of all time.
Page set higher numbers the previous year but didn’t win the award. Nonetheless, his consistent excellence saw him achieve what no defensive player had won before. He recorded nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, and two safeties across the season for the Vikings. Page was a player ahead of his time (via Pro Football HOF).