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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1,906 439
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

2
1,070 526
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

3
955 495
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

4
1,091 419
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

5
1,082 555
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

6
871 378
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

7
744 362
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

8
857 438
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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9
792 337
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

10
738 322
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

11
398 294
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

12
437 285
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
647 123
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
362 280
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

15
658 493
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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16
453 345
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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17
365 269
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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18
421 303
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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19
355 89
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

20
218 199
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

21
284 276
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

22
216 76
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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23
188 210
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
193 140
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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25
169 134
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

26
311 86
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

27
195 114
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

28
160 193
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

29
145 189
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

30
170 244
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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31
229 150
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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32
167 106
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

33
111 125
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

34
107 199
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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141 111
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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36
108 134
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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37
109 119
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
97 107
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

39
139 91
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

40
90 99
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

41
150 72
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

42
108 87
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

43
121 62
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

44
92 156
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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45
95 60
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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46
123 132
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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47
114 112
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

48
91 62
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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49
74 108
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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50
97 94
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time