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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1,950 449
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

2
1,089 542
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

3
977 507
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

4
1,112 435
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

5
1,098 572
Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

6
886 386
Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

7
761 367
Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

8
811 343
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

9
867 453
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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10
753 328
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

11
409 303
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

12
446 294
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
676 127
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

14
368 283
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

15
671 505
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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16
465 348
William Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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17
374 273
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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18
370 91
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

19
430 308
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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20
224 204
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

21
287 281
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

22
203 141
Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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23
192 213
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
200 115
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

25
172 138
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

26
325 92
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

27
161 197
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

28
234 80
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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150 191
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

30
172 251
Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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31
111 129
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
108 205
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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232 154
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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34
144 115
Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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35
169 111
Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

36
113 137
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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37
111 123
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

38
144 94
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

39
99 112
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

40
95 103
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

41
155 73
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

42
112 89
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

43
128 66
Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

44
93 161
Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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45
79 109
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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46
123 137
Darnell Dockett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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47
117 117
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

48
95 65
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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49
98 98
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

50
83 101
Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
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