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

The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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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.

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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    Alan Page

    1945 More
    92
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    1939 More
    89
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    1940 More
    87
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    1953 More
    83
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    1963 More
    81
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    John Randle

    1967 More
    79
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Warren Sapp

    1972 More
    79
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    1960 More
    75
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Buck Buchanan

    1940 More
    75
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    Dan Hampton

    1957 More
    74
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    Cortez Kennedy

    1968 More
    62
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    Ernie Stautner

    1925 More
    61
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    Casey Hampton

    1977 More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Leo Nomellini

    1924 More
    52
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    Jerome Brown

    1965 More
    51
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    Haloti Ngata

    1984 More
    49
    added by: HitmanCapone
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    often listed
    Sam Adams

    1973 More
    44
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    1988 More
    41
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    1962 More
    41
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    1972 More
    41
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    Jim Burt

    1959 More
    41
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    1961 More
    40
    added by: skypir876
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    1987 More
    39
    added by: MattSchwarck
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    Leon Lett

    1968 More
    39
    added by: Junior53
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    1978 More
    37
    added by: TehSauce
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