Over the last 35 years, only 3 safeties have been named Defensive Player of the Year:

▪️Troy Polamalu (2010)
▪️BOB SANDERS (2007)
▪️Ed Reed (2004)

People forget how much of a stud Sanders was. pic.twitter.com/I9WxBqydtc

— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) February 23, 2021