Football 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
2,595 684
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
1,769 663
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football
3
1,567 814
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins
4
2,777 796
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
1,549 745
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
1,192 245
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
1,096 543
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
1,184 481
Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added North Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers
9
812 536
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Los Angeles Rams
10
675 336
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
829 518
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
625 372
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
697 296
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys
14
608 311
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys
15
556 296
Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Indianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers
16
452 439
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football
17
561 248
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
415 290
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Pittsburgh Steelers
19
395 285
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings
20
376 266
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings
21
318 297
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts
22
302 271
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
324 194
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
278 226
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
235 122
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football