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.

1
2,183 565
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
1,353 646
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
1,464 540
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
2,342 635
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
1,353 623
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
935 456
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
938 187
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
681 460
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
959 395
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
545 262
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added Charles Haley San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys

11
711 418
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
506 316
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
395 355
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
517 258
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Ed Jones Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

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564 227
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
DeMarcus Ware Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

16
459 238
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
451 202
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
356 242
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added L. C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steelers

19
336 234
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

20
325 219
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings

21
278 258
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

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253 234
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Doleman Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers

23
277 159
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
238 194
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Doug Atkins Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints

25
256 138
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
179 83
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
189 195
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
151 135
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

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173 176
John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added John Matuszak Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders

30
156 124
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
AdamBourque added Mark Gastineau Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

31
189 175
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
TehSauce added Willie McGinest USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

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188 153
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Willie Davis Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers

33
136 169
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dwight White Pittsburgh Steelers

34
95 188
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Elvin Bethea Houston Oilers

35
104 107
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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165 174
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
92 110
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Clyde Simmons Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars

38
190 189
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

39
136 124
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

40
193 132
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Wake Penn State Nittany Lions football, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins

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148 156
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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72 81
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Charles Mann Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers

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125 146
Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Robert Quinn North Carolina Tar Heels football, St. Louis Rams

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106 60
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

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82 112
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

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83 157
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

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119 124
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams

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89 106
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles

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69 118
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

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58 64
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Joe Klecko New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts