athletes The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time  

27k votes 3.6k voters 99k views 215 items Follow Embed

List Rules 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. 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.

1
+ - 1,458 294
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

The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time The Best West Coast Rappers

2
+ - 798 353
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
+ - 715 312
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
+ - 771 268
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
+ - 795 385
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
+ - 629 274
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
+ - 541 249
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
+ - 585 226
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

9
+ - 603 260
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Vince Wilfork New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

10
+ - 553 236
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
+ - 324 178
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
+ - 289 206
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
+ - 265 212
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
+ - 326 59
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
+ - 492 334
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time 37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

16
+ - 282 182
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

17
+ - 333 226
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
William Perry Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs

18
+ - 333 214
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens, Oregon Ducks football

19
+ - 192 39
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
+ - 164 117
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
+ - 231 201
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

22
+ - 124 124
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

23
+ - 144 156
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
+ - 111 78
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

25
+ - 124 69
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
+ - 139 170
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

27
+ - 143 28
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

28
+ - 129 98
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
+ - 104 146
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

The Best Football Players Ever 30 Reasons Why Everyone Hates Taxi Cabs

30
+ - 82 74
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

31
+ - 87 145
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
+ - 158 105
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

33
+ - 93 63
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

34
+ - 78 78
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

35
+ - 78 99
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

36
+ - 76 27
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

37
+ - 60 55
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
+ - 117 71
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
+ - 100 90
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
+ - 65 58
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

41
+ - 71 72
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

42
+ - 59 29
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

43
+ - 88 62
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

The Best Quarterbacks of All Time The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters

44
+ - 47 80
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

45
+ - 50 39
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

46
+ - 86 79
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

47
+ - 64 64
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

48
+ - 70 122
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

49
+ - 35 46
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Pat Williams Buffalo Bills, Texas A&M Aggies football, Minnesota Vikings

50
+ - 47 27
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles