NFL The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time  

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When it comes to striking fear into an opposing offense, having a great defensive end can be a game changer. A lightning quick defensive end can cause chaos for offense by interrupting a quarterback's rhythm by rushing and hitting him. A great defensive end is double teamed most of the time, allowing for his counterpart to blow up an offense's scheme. A great defensive end isn't measured by stats, though having a lot of sacks certainly doesn't hurt his claim to being one of the greatest of all time.

There are a lot of familiar faces on the list of greatest defensive ends of all time. Famous defensive ends like Reggie White, Michael Strahan and Jack Youngblood are some of the toughest and menacing players in the league. White and Strahan were considered the best defensive ends of their generation. Strahan currently holds the single season record for sacks in a season. Youngblood cemented his status as the toughest player in the NFL when he played in Super Bowl XIV with a broken leg.

Selecting who the greatest defensive end of all time isn't easy, especially since most of these defensive ends either are in or will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But you can vote for who you feel is the best-ever on this Ultimate List.
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1
2,022 505
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Reggie White Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

2
1,273 563
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

3
1,342 495
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

4
2,199 561
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

5
1,278 553
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Strahan Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

6
868 408
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

7
824 161
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

8
626 418
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
891 357
Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Julius Peppers North Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

10
487 236
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added Charles Haley

11
669 384
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Jared Allen Idaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

12
463 292
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Richard Dent Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Tennessee State Tigers football

13
363 325
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

14
514 201
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
DeMarcus Ware Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

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15
473 245
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Ed Jones Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

16
420 212
Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

17
405 179
Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Jason Taylor Washington Redskins, Akron Zips football, New York Jets

18
318 230
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added L. C. Greenwood

19
297 202
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall

20
307 218
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

21
252 245
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

22
233 213
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

23
254 141
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Bubba Smith Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football

24
211 179
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

25
233 115
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
RobSpencer added Lyle Alzado Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

26
150 65
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football

27
175 179
Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys

28
140 107
Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Jevon Kearse Florida Gators football, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles

The Best Football Players Ever

29
177 154
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
TehSauce added Willie McGinest USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

30
159 158
John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added John Matuszak Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders

31
140 106
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
AdamBourque added Mark Gastineau Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

32
169 137
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Willie Davis

33
134 39
Too Tall Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dave Kinard added Too Tall Jones

34
121 155
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dwight White

35
88 171
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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36
158 147
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mario Williams NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

37
96 90
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

38
181 163
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants

39
81 93
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Clyde Simmons

40
121 103
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

41
181 115
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Wake Penn State Nittany Lions football, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins

42
120 122
Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Robert Quinn North Carolina Tar Heels football, St. Louis Rams

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43
65 63
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

44
137 131
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

45
93 44
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

46
70 96
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

47
74 140
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey

48
101 104
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams

49
64 96
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

50
89 120
Muhammad Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets