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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1,798 398
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
985 492
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
889 448
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
1,002 382
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
1,012 517
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
801 358
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
697 333
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
802 388
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
740 310
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
695 304
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
417 249
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
367 269
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
334 263
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
565 103
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
619 444
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

16
422 304
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
345 241
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

18
401 272
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
304 72
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
206 174
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
272 249
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
172 199
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

23
150 175
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
174 128
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
152 123
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

26
173 102
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
264 70
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
161 225
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
169 58
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
131 179
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

31
104 113
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
103 188
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

33
129 102
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
204 143
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

35
150 99
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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99 129
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

37
100 112
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
90 103
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

39
83 92
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

40
128 86
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

41
98 83
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

42
134 67
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Rosey Grier Los Angeles Rams, Penn State Nittany Lions football, New York Giants

The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

43
87 151
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

44
120 123
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Darnell Dockett Arizona Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles football

45
110 104
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

46
86 57
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
slaft added Willie Davis

47
103 56
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

48
64 104
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

49
88 87
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

50
73 91
Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Dave Butz