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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    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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    1972 More
    78
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    John Randle

    1967 More
    78
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    1940 More
    76
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    1960 More
    76
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    1957 More
    74
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    1968 More
    62
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    1925 More
    60
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    1977 More
    52
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    1965 More
    51
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    1984 More
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    1973 More
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    1959 More
    40
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    1972 More
    40
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    1962 More
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    1961 More
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