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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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+ - 681 217
Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals

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+ - 1,092 454
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

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+ - 1,019 468
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
+ - 1,192 599
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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+ - 898 439
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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+ - 836 411
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
+ - 747 399
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

10
+ - 226 67
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Adam Jones

11
+ - 338 151
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Aaron Hernandez Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

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+ - 934 586
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

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

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

15
+ - 694 463
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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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football

17
+ - 340 214
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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+ - 618 472
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

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+ - 393 289
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Lawrence Taylor North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

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+ - 413 309
George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
George Atkinson Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

21
+ - 199 114
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Terrell Suggs Arizona State Sun Devils football, Baltimore Ravens

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+ - 721 597
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

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+ - 500 404
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

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

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Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Shawne Merriman Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers

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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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+ - 307 238
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 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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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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+ - 326 279
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Tom Brady Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

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+ - 348 304
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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+ - 292 248
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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+ - 268 244
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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+ - 254 229
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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+ - 257 237
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

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+ - 198 173
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions

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+ - 210 188
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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+ - 131 109
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
T. J. Ward Cleveland Browns

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+ - 99 84
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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+ - 321 358
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

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+ - 318 361
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ronnie Lott USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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+ - 109 106
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers

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+ - 86 78
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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

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+ - 217 249
Chuck Cecil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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+ - 82 78
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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+ - 239 290
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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+ - 252 309
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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+ - 97 113
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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+ - 137 172
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football