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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 

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Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Charles Edward Greene (born September 5, 1946), better known as "Mean" Joe Greene, is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...more
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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is a retired jurist and former professional American football player. He gained national recognition as a defensive tackle in the National Football League ...more
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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953) is a former American football defensive tackle. He attended the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas ...more
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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972) 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 ...more
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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Robert Lewis Lilly (born July 26, 1939), nicknamed "Mr. Cowboy", is a former American football defensive tackle and photographer. After a college career at Texas Christian University ...more
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Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Merlin Jay Olsen (; September 15, 1940 – March 11, 2010) was an American football player, announcer, and actor. He played his entire 15-year professional football career in National Football ...more
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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional football player who played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during ...more
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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for the ...more
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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junious "Buck" Buchanan (September 10, 1940 – July 16, 1992) was a professional American football defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more
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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy
Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an American football defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League ...more
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Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Daniel Oliver Hampton also known as "Danimal" (born September 19, 1957) is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears ...more
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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
David D. "Deacon" Jones (December 9, 1938 – June 3, 2013) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and ...more
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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Ndamukong Ngwa Suh ( in-DAH-mə-kin SOO, born January 6, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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William Anthony Perry (born December 16, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons during the ...more
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Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Willie Jerome Brown III (February 4, 1965 – June 25, 1992) was an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire ...more
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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Justin James "J. J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans with ...more
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Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Etuini Haloti Ngata (Tongan pronunciation: [ˈŋata]; born January 21, 1984) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football for the University of Oregon and earned ...more
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Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more
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Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton
Casey Hampton Jr. (born September 3, 1977), nicknamed "Big Snack," is a former American football nose tackle who played twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...more
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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Bryant Young
Bryant Colby Young (born January 27, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). A first round draft pick out of ...more
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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alexander George Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012) was an American football player, professional wrestler, sportscaster, and actor. He was a four-time Pro Bowl player with the Detroit ...more
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Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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Arthur James Donovan Jr. (June 5, 1924 – August 4, 2013), nicknamed the Bulldog, was an American football defensive tackle who played for three National Football League (NFL) teams, most notably ...more
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Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Ernest Alfred Stautner (April 20, 1925 – February 16, 2006) was an American football coach and defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins ...more