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.
list ordered by

1
2,305 600
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

2
1,426 694
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

3
1,562 576
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

4
2,476 685
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

5
1,418 664
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

6
1,022 206
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

7
993 484
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

8
733 487
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Los Angeles Rams

9
1,024 426
Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added North Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

10
586 284
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys

11
742 454
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Idaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

12
548 336
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Tennessee State Tigers football

13
550 276
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

14
610 250
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

15
413 385
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

16
496 254
Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Indianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

17
482 223
Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Washington Redskins, Akron Zips football, New York Jets

18
380 260
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Pittsburgh Steelers

19
346 233
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings

20
359 251
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

21
289 273
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

22
271 246
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers

23
291 169
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football

24
251 206
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints

25
274 150
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
RobSpencer added Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

26
200 94
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football

27
202 203
Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dallas Cowboys

28
164 148
Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Florida Gators football, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles

29
169 135
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
AdamBourque added Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

30
182 186
John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders

31
196 185
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
TehSauce added USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

32
199 160
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers

33
147 173
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Pittsburgh Steelers

34
113 114
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

35
98 196
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Houston Oilers

36
176 185
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

37
155 132
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arizona Cardinals

38
98 118
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars

39
201 206
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

40
212 142
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Penn State Nittany Lions football, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins

41
159 168
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

42
77 90
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers

43
123 64
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Indianapolis Colts

44
130 157
Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
North Carolina Tar Heels football, St. Louis Rams

45
93 120
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

46
129 132
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams

47
88 164
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

48
100 113
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles

49
75 124
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

50
67 71
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts