NFL's ALL-DECADE TEAM OF THE 2000s - DEFENSE. Defensive End Jason Taylor, who was considered to be somewhat of a risk coming out of the University of Akron, led the NFL in sacks during the decade with 111 and forced fumbles with 39.
Ray Lewis was dubbed a tackling machine at the University of Miami.He carried that reputation with him in the NFL and registered 1,189 tackles during the decade.
Darren Shaper, who is only 71 yards away from becoming the all-time leader in interception return yards, led the NFL with 58 interceptions during the decade.
Cornerback Champ Bailey tied three other players – Alan Faneca, Tony Gonzalez and Peyton Manning – for most Pro Bowls during the decade (9).
Defensive End Dwight Freeney is the only Indianapolis Colts player to have six double-digit sack seasons.