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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1,678 358
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

2
915 434
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
825 390
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

4
916 332
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
926 459
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
730 325
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

7
624 303
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

8
737 332
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

9
674 275
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

10
638 279
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football

11
376 215
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
322 243
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
471 83
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Reggie White Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

14
292 240
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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574 398
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

16
387 267
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

17
318 214
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

18
372 243
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

19
253 58
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

20
192 144
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

21
257 227
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

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136 99
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

23
138 151
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
154 179
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

25
148 114
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Art Donovan Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks

26
149 87
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

27
210 53
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

28
151 197
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added Leon Lett Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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125 42
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

30
116 162
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

31
96 92
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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97 164
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

33
185 122
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

34
107 83
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Steve McMichael New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

35
137 84
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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89 115
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

37
83 86
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

38
87 95
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

39
73 75
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

40
109 75
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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111 110
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

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80 74
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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97 92
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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75 136
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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109 64
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 45 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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82 43
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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68 49
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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78 75
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

49
52 96
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

50
62 79
Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Dave Butz