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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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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

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Conrad Dobler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Conrad Dobler New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills St. Louis Cardinals

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Tatum Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders Ohio State Buckeyes football

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Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals

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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

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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

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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

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

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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Aaron Hernandez Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens

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Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

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Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Brandon Meriweather Washington Redskins, New England Patriots Chicago Bears

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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Adam Jones

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Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

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

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

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Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Porter Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football Arizona Cardinals

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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks

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Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Shawne Merriman Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills San Diego Chargers

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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams Washington Redskins

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Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers

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Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Terrell Suggs Arizona State Sun Devils football, Baltimore Ravens

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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

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

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Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Matt Millen Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders Penn State Nittany Lions football

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Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions

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

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Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bart Scott Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets Southern Illinois Salukis football

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

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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots Miami Dolphins

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T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
T. J. Ward Cleveland Browns

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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ronnie Lott USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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Chuck Cecil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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

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Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

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

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

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Jon Runyan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jon Runyan Michigan Wolverines football, Tennessee Titans San Diego Chargers

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Fred Williamson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Fred Williamson Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders Northwestern Wildcats football