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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 

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2,074 485
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Charles Edward Greene, known as "Mean Joe" Greene, is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. ...more

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1,177 584
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Cedric Page is an American jurist and former professional football player. He is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, a position to which he was first elected in 1992, and ...more

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1,055 550
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randall Lee "Randy" White is a former American football defensive tackle. He attended the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys ...more

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1,195 475
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Anthony Randle is a former American football defensive tackle that played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. On February 6, 2010 he was ...more

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956 410
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bob Lilly was the spouse of Peggy De Castro.

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1,162 612
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Warren Carlos Sapp is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American ...more

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815 391
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Merlin Jay Olsen was an American football player in the National Football League, NFL commentator, and actor. He played his entire 15-year career as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams ...more

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884 370
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bruce Bernard Smith is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills teams that ...more

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815 349
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Howard Matthew Moses "Howie" Long is an American former National Football League defensive end and actor. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is currently a ...more

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916 497
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Vincent Lamar Wilfork is an American football defensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2004 ...more

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783 142
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more

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446 335
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Daniel Oliver Hampton also known as "Danimal" is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the ...more

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480 323
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy is a former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

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399 303
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junious "Buck" Buchanan was an American collegiate and Professional Football defensive tackle. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League and in the National

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708 563
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions second overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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506 389
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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William Anthony Perry is a former American professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League for ten seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Perry played ...more

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405 299
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Willie Jerome Brown, III was an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played his entire five-year NFL career with the Eagles from ...more

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425 115
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
David D. "Deacon" Jones was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. He was ...more

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463 336
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Etuini Haloti Ngata (born January 21, 1984) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football for the University of Oregon and earned consensus All-American honors. ...more

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246 234
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Vershaun Seymour is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was drafted by the New ...more

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304 313
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton, Jr., nicknamed "Big Snack," is an American former football nose tackle who played twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played ...more

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341 100
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Aaron Charles Donald is an American football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He ...more

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229 159
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Arthur James "The Bulldog" Donovan, Jr. was an American football defensive tackle, better known as Art Donovan, who played for three National Football League teams, most notably the ...more

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389 117
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Justin James "J. J." Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin and ...more

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206 237
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Ernest Alfred Stautner was a German-born American football player and coach who starred as a defensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers.