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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. This list starts with the greatest players of all time and ends with the players who are prett 

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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

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

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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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

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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

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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

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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Vince Wilfork New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

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Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins Virginia Tech Hokies football

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Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

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

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

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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

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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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

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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

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

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Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team New England Patriots

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Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams Washington Redskins

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

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

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

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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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

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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

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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

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Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

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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

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Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

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Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

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Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles

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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Rosey Grier Los Angeles Rams, Penn State Nittany Lions football New York Giants