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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1,827 451
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

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2
1,169 486
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
1,217 433
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
1,994 499
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
1,172 484
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
783 351
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
685 134
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
553 378
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
796 316
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
602 346
Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Jared Allen Idaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

11
424 198
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added Charles Haley

12
334 290
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

13
446 168
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
DeMarcus Ware Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

14
412 266
Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Richard Dent Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Tennessee State Tigers football

15
420 223
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

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16
377 184
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
362 151
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
289 200
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
271 189
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
259 177
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall

21
209 185
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

22
226 224
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

23
185 159
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

24
218 122
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Bubba Smith Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football

25
200 98
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
159 154
Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Harvey Martin Dallas Cowboys

27
122 83
Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Jevon Kearse Florida Gators football, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles

28
115 45
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football

29
141 139
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

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155 130
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
TehSauce added Willie McGinest USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

31
115 86
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
143 112
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Willie Davis

33
103 131
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dwight White

34
145 114
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mario Williams NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

35
81 145
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

36
161 135
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants

37
91 26
Too Tall Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dave Kinard added Too Tall Jones

38
68 72
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Clyde Simmons

39
82 69
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

40
99 82
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

41
157 99
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
104 99
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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48 43
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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66 116
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey

45
116 110
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

46
80 96
Muhammad Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets

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50 74
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

48
73 28
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

49
51 80
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

50
79 84
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams