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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1,841 410
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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1,008 503
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

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916 462
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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1,032 396
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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1,031 534
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
830 363
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

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711 346
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

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823 404
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

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753 320
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

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707 308
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

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424 262
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

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373 274
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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342 269
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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588 113
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

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634 459
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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431 322
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
bdcoop34 added William Perry Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs

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348 253
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

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407 286
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

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319 79
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

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276 260
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

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208 184
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

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176 202
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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180 130
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Art Donovan Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks

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150 179
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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155 127
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

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180 103
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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280 72
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 27 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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183 65
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

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162 233
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added Leon Lett Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

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135 182
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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106 118
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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104 193
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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130 107
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

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210 147
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

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154 103
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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103 132
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

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102 116
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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92 105
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

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86 94
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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131 89
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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101 86
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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140 70
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Rosey Grier Los Angeles Rams, Penn State Nittany Lions football, New York Giants

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89 154
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

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120 128
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

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111 108
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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110 58
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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88 60
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added Willie Davis

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68 106
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

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91 92
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

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74 96
Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Dave Butz