The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time Football Players (American)
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The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

List Criteria: Please rank the players based on their career accomplishments

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.

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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    the people's #1
    Joe Greene

    1946 More
    100
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    most listed
    Alan Page

    1945 More
    92
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    1939 More
    92
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    1940 More
    91
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    1953 More
    87
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    1972 More
    81
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    1963 More
    79
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Randle

    1967 More
    79
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    1940 More
    77
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    1960 More
    75
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    1957 More
    73
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    1968 More
    65
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    1925 More
    58
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    1965 More
    55
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    1984 More
    53
    added by: HitmanCapone
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    1977 More
    51
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    1924 More
    50
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    1973 More
    45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jim Burt

    1959 More
    42
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leon Lett

    1968 More
    39
    added by: Junior53
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    1972 More
    37
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    ranked low on reranks
    Vince Wilfork

    1981 More
    32
    added by: teamxtremerocks
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    1987 More
    30
    added by: MattSchwarck
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    1988 More
    29
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    1962 More
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    1988 More
    29
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    1962 More
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    1981 More
    28
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    1961 More
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    1978 More
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    added by: TehSauce
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