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. 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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    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker

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    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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    Defensive end

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    Defensive tackle, Fullback

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    often listed & added by willyboymcoy
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    ranked low on reranks & added by RobSpencer
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    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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    Curly Culp

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    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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    often listed & added by TehSauce
    Defensive tackle

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    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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    often listed & added by TehSauce
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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