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When it comes to striking fear into an opposing offense, having a great defensive end can be a game changer. A lightning quick defensive end can cause chaos for offense by interrupting a quarterback's rhythm by rushing and hitting him. A great defensive end is double teamed most of the time, allowing for his counterpart to blow up an offense's scheme. A great defensive end isn't measured by stats, though having a lot of sacks certainly doesn't hurt his claim to being one of the greatest of all time.

There are a lot of familiar faces on the list of greatest defensive ends of all time. Famous defensive ends like Reggie White, Michael Strahan and Jack Youngblood are some of the toughest and menacing players in the league. White and Strahan were considered the best defensive ends of their generation. Strahan currently holds the single season record for sacks in a season. Youngblood cemented his status as the toughest player in the NFL when he played in Super Bowl XIV with a broken leg.

Selecting who the greatest defensive end of all time isn't easy, especially since most of these defensive ends either are in or will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But you can vote for who you feel is the best-ever on this Ultimate List.
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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Reggie White Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

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+ - 1,118 441
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

3
+ - 1,152 398
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

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+ - 1,850 455
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

5
+ - 1,088 463
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Strahan Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

6
+ - 738 314
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

7
+ - 606 121
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

8
+ - 735 298
Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Julius Peppers North Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

9
+ - 512 358
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

10
+ - 570 324
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jared Allen Idaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

11
+ - 393 186
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 319 269
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

13
+ - 391 248
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Richard Dent Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Tennessee State Tigers football

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+ - 407 157
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
DeMarcus Ware Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

15
+ - 351 170
Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

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+ - 395 209
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Ed Jones Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

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+ - 337 142
Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Taylor Washington Redskins, Akron Zips football, New York Jets

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+ - 277 185
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 251 178
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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+ - 242 165
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 194 174
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 216 217
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 179 153
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 209 116
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Bubba Smith Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football

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+ - 190 89
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Lyle Alzado Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

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+ - 154 147
Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys

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+ - 115 73
Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jevon Kearse Florida Gators football, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles

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+ - 102 38
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football

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+ - 135 132
John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
John Matuszak Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders

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+ - 145 124
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Willie McGinest USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

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+ - 105 79
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mark Gastineau Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

32
+ - 136 107
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

33
+ - 95 128
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 139 109
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mario Williams NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

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+ - 77 139
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 151 124
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants

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+ - 61 67
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 75 63
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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+ - 77 22
Too Tall Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Too Tall Jones

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+ - 151 93
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Wake Penn State Nittany Lions football, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins

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+ - 89 78
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

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+ - 99 94
Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Robert Quinn North Carolina Tar Heels football, St. Louis Rams

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+ - 43 37
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 62 110
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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+ - 77 88
Muhammad Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets

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+ - 110 102
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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+ - 47 67
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

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+ - 48 73
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

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+ - 67 23
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

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+ - 73 76
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams