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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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1,532 313
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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2
839 386
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
757 337
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
822 294
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
852 415
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
668 289
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
575 273
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
653 285
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
teamxtremerocks added Vince Wilfork New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

9
620 248
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
590 258
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
348 189
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
301 221
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
274 224
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
377 68
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Reggie White Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

15
522 357
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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360 245
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
bdcoop34 added William Perry Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs

17
296 195
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

18
348 228
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
HitmanCapone added Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens, Oregon Ducks football

19
224 49
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
177 129
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

21
245 211
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

22
130 134
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

23
122 83
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

24
150 163
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

25
136 75
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

26
134 102
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Art Donovan Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks

27
144 177
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added Leon Lett Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

28
160 38
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

29
106 150
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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90 33
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

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88 79
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
91 150
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

33
167 112
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

34
81 104
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

35
98 70
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

36
83 82
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

37
67 61
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
124 76
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
105 96
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

40
77 78
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

41
70 63
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

42
68 34
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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97 64
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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58 41
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added Willie Davis

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48 85
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

46
89 82
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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69 66
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

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72 125
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

49
98 55
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Rosey Grier Los Angeles Rams, Penn State Nittany Lions football, New York Giants

50
39 48
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