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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1,902 438
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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1,070 524
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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954 494
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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1,088 419
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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1,077 554
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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869 378
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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743 360
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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854 436
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
teamxtremerocks added Vince Wilfork

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788 336
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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736 321
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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395 294
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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

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643 122
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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361 280
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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656 491
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh

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451 344
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
bdcoop34 added William Perry

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364 268
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown

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421 303
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
HitmanCapone added Haloti Ngata

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354 89
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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284 276
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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217 199
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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214 76
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald

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187 210
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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192 140
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Art Donovan

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

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309 86
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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194 114
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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159 192
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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144 189
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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170 243
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added Leon Lett

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229 150
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins

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166 106
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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110 125
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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107 199
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

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139 111
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

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107 134
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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108 119
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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96 107
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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138 91
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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149 72
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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89 99
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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

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120 62
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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92 156
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

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94 60
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kadeebee added Fletcher Cox

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122 132
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

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114 111
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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91 62
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added Willie Davis

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74 108
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

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97 94
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time