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Albany's Joe Sykes Named Defensive Lineman of the Year

July 18, 2018 - Arena Football League (AFL) News Release

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.




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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