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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2,105 544
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
1,322 611
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
1,412 527
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
1,317 592
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Strahan Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

5
2,272 606
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

6
911 437
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
884 176
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
650 445
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
925 381
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
521 250
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added Charles Haley

11
693 403
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
487 308
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
380 343
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
500 255
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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15
540 220
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
438 230
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
427 195
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
342 239
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
312 216
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall

20
318 231
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
268 254
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

22
242 228
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

23
268 154
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
230 190
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

25
250 129
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
164 77
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
184 191
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
145 125
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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29
151 118
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
AdamBourque added Mark Gastineau Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

30
166 171
John Matuszak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added John Matuszak Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders

31
183 169
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
180 148
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Willie Davis

33
154 47
Too Tall Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dave Kinard added Too Tall Jones

34
134 164
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dwight White

35
93 184
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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36
104 102
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

37
163 161
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mario Williams NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

38
86 106
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Clyde Simmons

39
185 182
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants

40
130 117
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

41
187 128
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
125 137
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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43
71 77
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

44
143 149
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

45
101 56
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

46
80 152
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey

47
76 109
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

48
113 117
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams

49
68 113
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

50
92 138
Muhammad Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets