The Greatest Defenders in NFL History Football Players (American)

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

47,789 votes 4,197 voters 88,735 views 175 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Defensive players based on their on-field achievements

This list of the greatest defenders in NFL history is here to decide definitively who is the best defender in NFL history. These are beasts of men who played for some of the best sports franchises ever and were (or are) among the best NFL players of all time. These NFL legends are all here, in one place, so you can vote on the best NFL defender to ever play football.

Some of these exceptional NFL players include the legendary Dick Butkus, "Mean" Joe Greene, and hard hitter-turned-coach Mike Singletary. Whatever it is that you factor into the skills of the best NFL defenders (speed, aggression, determination, stamina), these NFL players are the best at what they do from a defensive player standpoint.

What makes a great NFL defender? Who are the best NFL defenders of all time? Who is the top NFL defender in history? You decide! Vote for the NFL players you think make the biggest impact as defensive players and vote them up to the top of this list of the greatest defenders in NFL history. If you don't see your favorite NFL defender on this top NFL defenders list, make sure to add him so others can revel in his athletic glory. So who are the best defensive players in NFL history? Vote!

Check out more lists like the best NFL players in history, the top quarterbacks, and the greatest linebackers of all time


List Photo: user uploaded image
  • 27 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 1566
    - 425

    the people's #1
    Linebacker

    ;
  2. 2
    + 1198
    - 392


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    ;
  3. 3
    + 1127
    - 337


    ;
  4. 4
    + 1021
    - 366

    most listed
    Linebacker, Center

    ;
  5. 5
    + 932
    - 291


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    ;
  6. 6
    + 881
    - 347


    Linebacker

    ;
  7. 7
    + 1097
    - 448


    Linebacker

    ;
  8. 8
    + 732
    - 264


    ;
  9. 9
    + 640
    - 289


    ;
  10. 10
    + 700
    - 208


    ;
  11. 11
    + 647
    - 303


    ;
  12. 12
    + 843
    - 315


    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

    ;
  13. 13
    + 633
    - 276


    Linebacker

    ;
  14. 14
    + 468
    - 171


    Cornerback

    ;
  15. 15
    + 657
    - 205


    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

    ;
  16. 16
    + 518
    - 212


    Linebacker

    ;
  17. 17
    + 459
    - 259


    Cornerback, Defensive back

    ;
  18. 18
    + 362
    - 269

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    ;
  19. 19
    + 418
    - 219


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker

    ;
  20. 20
    + 384
    - 237


    Defensive tackle

    ;
  21. 21
    + 400
    - 192


    Linebacker

    ;
  22. 22
    + 497
    - 210


    Free Safety

    ;
  23. 23
    + 416
    - 207


    Linebacker

    ;
  24. 24
    + 384
    - 184


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    ;
  25. 25
    + 323
    - 201


    Cornerback

    ;
  26. 26
    + 289
    - 188

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Linebacker, Center

    ;
  27. 27
    + 443
    - 234


    Linebacker

    ;
  28. 28
    + 426
    - 217


    Defensive end

    ;
  29. 29
    + 252
    - 185

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defensive end

    ;
  30. 30
    + 317
    - 146


    Linebacker

    ;
  31. 31
    + 403
    - 101

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

    ;
  32. 32
    + 363
    - 219


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

    ;
  33. 33
    + 215
    - 198

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defensive end

    ;
  34. 34
    + 289
    - 155


    Safety, Defensive back

    ;
  35. 35
    + 535
    - 133

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

    ;
  36. 36
    + 199
    - 176

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    ;
  37. 37
    + 265
    - 126

    added by EthanWalker
    Cornerback

    ;
  38. 38
    + 245
    - 164


    ;
  39. 39
    + 281
    - 118

    added by KobeMr81
    Cornerback

    ;
  40. 40
    + 259
    - 93

    ranked low on reranks & added by marcooch761

    ;
  41. 41
    + 155
    - 155


    Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    ;
  42. 42
    + 278
    - 138

    added by EthanWalker
    Defensive end

    ;
  43. 43
    + 170
    - 168


    Linebacker

    ;
  44. 44
    + 155
    - 185


    Defensive end

    ;
  45. 45
    + 152
    - 167


    Safety, Defensive back

    ;
  46. 46
    + 191
    - 134

    added by Al Sobrante
    Cornerback, Safety

    ;
  47. 47
    + 156
    - 118


    Linebacker

    ;
  48. 48
    + 130
    - 157

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Defensive end

    ;
  49. 49
    + 184
    - 112

    added by EthanWalker
    Defensive end

    ;
  50. 50
    + 95
    - 34


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    ;
176 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >