NFL The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time  

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The key to a winning football games is winning the battle in the trenches. For a defense, the unsung hero down fighting in the frontlines is a defensive tackle. These big, burly guys are the anchor of the defense. Without a great defensive tackle, other pieces of the defense may not be able to function as crisply without these important players. For the most part, only diehard football fans recognize the contributions of defensive tackles and defensive linemen. These guys may not put up the biggest numbers, but often times they can occupy several offensive linemen, clearing the way for their teammates to make a big play.

There are a number of familiar names on this list of the greatest defensive tackles. "Mean" Joe Greene, Bruce Smith and Howie Long are some of the most popular players in Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders history. Many of these defensive tackles have taken their place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, proving how valuable they were to their team's successes. This list starts with the greatest players of all time and ends with the players who are prett 

Vote for who you think should be considered the greatest defensive tackle of all time on this Ultimate List. There are plenty of great players on this list so you really can't go wrong with who you choose.
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1,568 328
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

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2
861 400
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
780 348
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

4
842 304
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
871 421
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

6
689 294
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bob Lilly TCU Horned Frogs football, Dallas Cowboys

7
591 279
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams, Utah State Aggies football

8
679 296
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
teamxtremerocks added Vince Wilfork New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

9
636 257
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bruce Smith Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Virginia Tech Hokies football

10
604 266
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

11
363 193
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
310 225
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
279 226
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
410 74
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Reggie White Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

15
537 366
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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304 199
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

17
368 252
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
bdcoop34 added William Perry Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs

18
351 232
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
HitmanCapone added Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens, Oregon Ducks football

19
232 52
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

20
178 132
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

21
249 213
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

22
127 85
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

23
131 137
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
151 165
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

25
138 76
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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137 104
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Art Donovan Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks

27
145 179
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added Leon Lett Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

28
171 41
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

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106 151
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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95 33
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

31
89 80
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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92 151
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

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171 112
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

34
82 105
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

35
83 82
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

36
98 71
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

37
68 61
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
124 77
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

39
106 97
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

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77 78
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

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70 65
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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71 34
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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100 64
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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58 41
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added Willie Davis

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49 85
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

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91 82
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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71 66
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

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72 125
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

49
102 55
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Rosey Grier Los Angeles Rams, Penn State Nittany Lions football, New York Giants

50
41 48
Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Pat Williams Buffalo Bills, Texas A&M Aggies football, Minnesota Vikings