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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2,192 569
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
1,357 651
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
1,470 544
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
2,352 638
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
1,357 626
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
942 458
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
947 188
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
685 464
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

9
963 396
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
550 263
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Junior53 added Charles Haley San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys

11
712 422
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
507 318
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
520 259
Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Ed Jones Tennessee State Tigers football, Dallas Cowboys

14
396 359
Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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15
569 229
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
461 240
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
359 243
L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added L. C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steelers

18
454 204
Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Jason Taylor Washington Redskins, Akron Zips football, New York Jets

19
340 234
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
326 219
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Jim Marshall Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings

21
279 260
Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts

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256 235
Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Doleman Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers

23
278 159
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
238 195
Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Doug Atkins Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints

25
258 140
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
180 85
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
190 196
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
151 136
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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175 176
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

30
158 124
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
AdamBourque added Mark Gastineau Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

31
189 176
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

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189 154
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
willyboymcoy added Willie Davis Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers

33
139 169
Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Arthur Williams added Dwight White Pittsburgh Steelers

34
95 189
Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Elvin Bethea Houston Oilers

35
104 109
Dexter Manley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Dexter Manley Ottawa Rough Riders, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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166 176
Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Mario Williams NC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

37
92 111
Clyde Simmons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
slaft added Clyde Simmons Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars

38
190 190
Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

39
136 125
Calais Campbell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals

40
193 133
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Wake Penn State Nittany Lions football, BC Lions, Miami Dolphins

41
149 156
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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72 82
Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Charles Mann Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers

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126 147
Robert Quinn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Robert Quinn North Carolina Tar Heels football, St. Louis Rams

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106 61
Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
_1442177542662 added Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts

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82 113
Cameron Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints, California Golden Bears football

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83 158
Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
wiabux added Claude Humphrey Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

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120 125
Chris Long is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Chris Long Virginia Cavaliers football, St. Louis Rams

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90 107
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles

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69 119
Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins, Texas Longhorns football

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59 65
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time
Joe Klecko New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts