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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1,874 430
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
1,044 513
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
934 481
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
1,060 411
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
1,064 546
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
855 372
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
734 354
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
844 425
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
775 330
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
727 314
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
436 275
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
388 287
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
622 119
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
356 276
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

15
649 477
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

16
443 338
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
358 263
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

18
417 297
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
344 86
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
283 270
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

21
215 194
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Richard Seymour Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

22
203 70
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

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183 208
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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188 136
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
166 132
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

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191 110
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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158 189
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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296 83
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
J. J. Watt Houston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

29
169 239
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Junior53 added Leon Lett Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

30
142 186
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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221 150
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

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110 123
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

33
162 106
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

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106 199
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

35
137 111
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

36
106 134
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

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

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96 106
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

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89 98
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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136 91
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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147 71
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Rosey Grier Los Angeles Rams, Penn State Nittany Lions football, New York Giants

42
105 87
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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92 155
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jim Burt

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117 61
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Carl Eller Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

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114 110
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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121 132
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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73 107
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

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90 61
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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90 60
Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kadeebee added Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles

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97 93
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings