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
2,265 590
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
1,397 678
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
1,527 564
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
2,433 665
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
1,392 651
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
998 199
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

7
977 474
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

8
715 479
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
1,000 414
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
575 276
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
730 438
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
544 265
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Ed Jones Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

13
531 330
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Richard Dent Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Tennessee State Tigers football

14
594 241
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
DeMarcus Ware Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

15
409 376
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

16
480 249
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
376 252
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added L. C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steelers

18
468 215
Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Jason Taylor Washington Redskins, Akron Zips football, New York Jets

19
339 227
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings

20
351 246
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
287 269
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

22
267 243
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
287 165
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
246 202
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
269 147
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
192 91
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
198 201
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
155 146
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

29
181 183
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
165 133
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
194 184
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

32
196 160
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
146 173
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
98 195
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Elvin Bethea Houston Oilers

35
111 113
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

36
173 183
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
97 116
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
151 130
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

39
197 202
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

40
205 142
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

41
157 166
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

42
77 89
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Charles Mann Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers

43
128 155
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

44
119 64
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

45
90 119
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

46
126 131
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams

47
87 163
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

48
97 112
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles

49
66 70
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Joe Klecko New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts

50
72 124
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football