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
1,959 481
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
1,232 536
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
1,298 472
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
2,135 534
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
1,239 522
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
832 384
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
772 147
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
591 401
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
856 339
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
464 215
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added Charles Haley

11
644 366
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
351 306
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
491 184
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
439 280
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

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15
446 235
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

16
397 198
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
388 164
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
307 214
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
275 189
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall

20
284 205
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
221 197
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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22
238 234
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

23
232 132
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
195 169
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

25
215 106
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
130 53
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
166 167
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
131 97
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

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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167 142
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
TehSauce added Willie McGinest USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

30
149 149
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
126 97
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
155 127
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Willie Davis

33
152 131
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mario Williams NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

34
111 146
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dwight White

35
112 34
Too Tall Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dave Kinard added Too Tall Jones

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36
84 161
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

37
176 148
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants

38
89 83
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

39
76 86
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Clyde Simmons

40
114 96
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

41
174 108
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
116 112
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

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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129 125
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

44
57 57
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

45
85 38
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

46
96 93
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
69 133
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey

48
88 110
Muhammad Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets

49
62 91
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
59 88
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football