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The Greatest Defenders in NFL History  

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List Rules Defensive players based on their on-field achievements

This list of the greatest defenders in NFL history is here to decide definitively who is the best defender in NFL history. These are beasts of men who played for some of the best sports franchises ever and were (or are) among the best NFL players of all time. These NFL legends are all here, in one place, so you can vote on the best NFL defender to ever play football.

Some of these exceptional NFL players include the legendary Dick Butkus, "Mean" Joe Greene, and hard hitter-turned-coach Mike Singletary. Whatever it is that you factor into the skills of the best NFL defenders (speed, aggression, determination, stamina), these NFL players are the best at what they do from a defensive player standpoint.

What makes a great NFL defender? Who are the best NFL defenders of all time? Who is the top NFL defender in history? You decide! Vote for the NFL players you think make the biggest impact as defensive players and vote them up to the top of this list of the greatest defenders in NFL history. If you don't see your favorite NFL defender on this top NFL defenders list, make sure to add him so others can revel in his athletic glory. So who are the best defensive players in NFL history? Vote!

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
27
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Cornerback
28
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive tackle
29
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker
30
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive tackle
31
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Linebacker
32
Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
EthanWalker added Defensive end
33
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
KobeMr81 added Cornerback
34
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive end
35
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
36
Darrelle Revis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
EthanWalker added Cornerback
37
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Linebacker, Center
38
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive end
39
Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
AC_rockets56 added Outside Linebacker, Defensive end
40
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive end
41
Steve Atwater is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Safety, Defensive back
42
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
43
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
44
Paul Krause is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Safety, Defensive back
45
Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Safety
46
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
MarkJStout added Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman
47
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
EthanWalker added Defensive end
48
Ted Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Linebacker
49
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Defensive back
50
Lester Hayes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defenders in NFL History
Al Sobrante added Cornerback, Safety