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List Rules Please rank the players based on how dirty and underhanded they were during their career

The dirtiest NFL players of all time are some of the meanest and most hated men to ever play professional football. You probably won't see these current and former National Football League players earning any sportsmanship awards anytime soon but there's a good chance their names will be in the news for bone-crushing hits, injuries and losing their tempers on the football field.

Each year several sports media outlets asks the NFL players themselves which current player they see as the dirtiest. In recent years, names like longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong "Donkey Kong" Suh have been selected by their peers as the dirtiest. With both players having nasty on-and-off-field incidents to their credit, the selections are not undeserved.

But dirty play is nothing new in the NFL. In fact, many of the dirtiest NFL players of all time are from many decades ago. Conrad Dobler, an offensive lineman who played from 1972 to 1981, bit, hit, kicked and spit on opposing players, including an incident where he punched fellow tough guy and one of the greatest defenders in NFL history Mean Joe Greene. Johnny Sample is another long retired player who earned the reputation for dirty play. The defensive back in the 1950s and 60s even named his autobiography "Confessions of a Dirty Ballplayer."

While professional football is and will probably always be a violent sport, these dirty NFL players took that to another scary level. Vote for the NFL players you think are the dirtiest below or add any that are missing. Think these guys are bad? Check out the most shocking NFL scandals too.
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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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2
1,843 560
Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bill Romanowski Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

3
704 230
Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals

4
1,106 459
Conrad Dobler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Conrad Dobler New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,032 475
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Tatum Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

6
1,204 609
Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Richie Incognito St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins - An all-around jerk; recently suspended for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin

7
907 449
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Albert Haynesworth Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

8
847 418
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Cortland Finnegan Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

9
757 404
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Lyle Alzado Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

10
240 79
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones

11
350 158
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Naish added Aaron Hernandez Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

12
941 591
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

13
1,096 722
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

14
1,229 870
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens

15
704 468
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Rodney Harrison New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Western Illinois Leathernecks football

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16
347 217
Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Brandon Meriweather Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears

17
370 239
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
NFL LEGENDS added Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football

18
627 478
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

19
207 121
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Terrell Suggs Arizona State Sun Devils football, Baltimore Ravens

20
397 295
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
pjn33169 added Lawrence Taylor North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

21
416 314
George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added George Atkinson Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

22
728 606
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

23
509 410
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Porter Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals

24
766 662
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks

25
777 692
Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers

26
411 338
Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Shawne Merriman Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers

27
310 243
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
bradbender01 added Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

28
413 349
Bernard Pollard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bernard Pollard Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans

29
656 616
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Major_Fisher14 added Tom Brady Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

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329 283
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

31
296 250
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Matt Millen Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football

32
350 307
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

33
270 246
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

34
256 231
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

35
261 239
Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bart Scott Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Southern Illinois Salukis football

36
201 175
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions

37
212 190
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Rae Currath Carolina Panthers, Colorado Buffaloes football

38
133 113
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added T. J. Ward Cleveland Browns

39
323 362
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

40
101 88
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
-1456082551498 added Johnny Manziel

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320 365
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
omh755 added Ronnie Lott USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

42
89 80
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

43
111 109
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers

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145 154
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

45
220 251
Chuck Cecil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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84 81
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Chuck Bednarik University of Pennsylvania football

47
256 312
Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
MiddletownBuck added Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

48
239 292
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

49
139 172
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
KathleenWray added Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

50
97 115
Jon Runyan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
muzziac added Jon Runyan Michigan Wolverines football, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers