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AFL Press Release

Albany's Joe Sykes Named Defensive Lineman of the Year

Wednesday July 18, 2018

Sykes wins award for 4th time in his career

LAS VEGAS – The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire defensive lineman Joe Sykes has been named 2018 AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. This is Sykes’ fourth time winning this award.

Sykes (6’4, 285, Southern) started in all 12 games for the Empire in 2018 and tallied 17.5 tackles (13/9) during the regular season. A disruptive force for the opposing offense, Sykes lead the League with 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

 

AFL DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Joe Sykes

Albany

2017

Khreem Smith

Baltimore

2016

Jake Metz

Philadelphia

2015

Joe Sykes

Jacksonville

2014

James Ruffin

Spokane

2013

Joe Sykes

San Antonio

2012

Joe Sykes

San Jose

2011

Cliff Dukes

Tampa Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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