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
2,524 671
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
1,724 650
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
1,531 795
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
2,720 769
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
1,524 727
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
1,160 235
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
1,072 535
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
1,148 473
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
795 530
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Los Angeles Rams

10
658 326
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
804 510
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
608 367
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
676 288
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

14
596 301
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
543 286
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
441 432
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
541 245
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
409 284
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Pittsburgh Steelers

19
388 278
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
369 259
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
311 294
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

22
296 268
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
319 188
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
271 223
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
302 177
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
RobSpencer added Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns