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
1,752 385
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
956 473
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
869 424
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
968 362
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
978 497
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
775 346
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
674 320
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
780 365
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
717 295
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
674 296
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
401 237
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
347 259
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
318 255
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
535 95
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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15
603 426
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

16
337 230
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

17
409 292
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
bdcoop34 added William Perry Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, London Monarchs

18
390 264
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
287 69
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
199 164
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
264 242
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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22
147 165
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

23
165 193
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
165 123
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Art Donovan Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Yanks

25
147 117
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

26
163 97
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
249 65
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
158 214
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

29
156 53
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
123 175
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

31
99 104
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
101 176
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

33
123 93
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

34
196 135
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

35
143 93
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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36
94 123
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

37
96 104
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
87 97
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

39
79 84
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

40
122 81
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

41
93 78
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

42
85 144
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

43
116 118
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

44
107 97
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

45
124 65
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

46
78 56
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added Willie Davis

47
93 53
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

48
57 103
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

49
85 82
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

50
80 47
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kadeebee added Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles