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The key to a winning football games is winning the battle in the trenches. For a defense, the unsung hero down fighting in the frontlines is a defensive tackle. These big, burly guys are the anchor of the defense. Without a great defensive tackle, other pieces of the defense may not be able to function as crisply without these important players. For the most part, only diehard football fans recognize the contributions of defensive tackles and defensive linemen. These guys may not put up the biggest numbers, but often times they can occupy several offensive linemen, clearing the way for their teammates to make a big play.

There are a number of familiar names on this list of the greatest defensive tackles. "Mean" Joe Greene, Bruce Smith and Howie Long are some of the most popular players in Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders history. Many of these defensive tackles have taken their place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, proving how valuable they were to their team's successes. This list starts with the greatest players of all time and ends with the players who are prett 

Vote for who you think should be considered the greatest defensive tackle of all time on this Ultimate List. There are plenty of great players on this list so you really can't go wrong with who you choose.
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Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

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+ - 823 376
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
+ - 741 326
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

4
+ - 801 283
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
+ - 828 402
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

6
+ - 652 283
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bob Lilly TCU Horned Frogs football, Dallas Cowboys

7
+ - 560 263
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football

8
+ - 627 276
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Vince Wilfork New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

9
+ - 607 240
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

10
+ - 581 246
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

11
+ - 339 186
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
+ - 295 216
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
+ - 269 220
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 509 345
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

15
+ - 352 64
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Reggie White Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

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+ - 347 233
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
William Perry Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs

17
+ - 289 191
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

18
+ - 343 223
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens, Oregon Ducks football

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+ - 212 44
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

20
+ - 242 207
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

21
+ - 170 126
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

22
+ - 118 81
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

23
+ - 128 130
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 149 160
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 130 72
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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+ - 142 175
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Leon Lett Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

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+ - 154 34
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

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+ - 131 100
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Art Donovan Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks

29
+ - 105 148
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 86 76
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 91 148
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 81 102
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 165 109
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

34
+ - 87 32
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

35
+ - 83 80
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

36
+ - 96 67
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

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+ - 64 58
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
+ - 122 74
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

39
+ - 103 93
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

40
+ - 68 62
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 72 77
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

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+ - 95 63
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 55 40
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 62 33
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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+ - 68 65
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

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+ - 89 81
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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+ - 47 84
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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+ - 72 124
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

49
+ - 36 52
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

50
+ - 39 47
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Pat Williams Buffalo Bills, Texas A&M Aggies football, Minnesota Vikings