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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1,632 343
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

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2
890 417
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Alan Page Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

3
803 372
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
888 319
John Randle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
John Randle Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

5
901 443
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
707 312
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
608 291
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
713 317
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
660 268
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
626 274
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
373 205
Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Cortez Kennedy Seattle Seahawks

12
317 237
Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

13
447 79
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
287 232
Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

15
560 383
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
MattSchwarck added Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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380 260
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
311 206
Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Jerome Brown Philadelphia Eagles

18
360 238
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
246 53
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
188 137
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
253 222
Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Casey Hampton Pittsburgh Steelers

22
133 92
Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Kevin Williams Minnesota Vikings

23
136 144
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

24
152 173
Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

25
143 109
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
143 82
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
195 46
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
147 188
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

29
114 37
Aaron Donald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RamsFan added Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Panthers football

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109 157
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

31
95 85
La'Roi Glover is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

32
94 157
Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
willyboymcoy added Sam Adams

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180 115
Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
JamesRLock added Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals

34
102 77
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
131 80
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

36
85 111
Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
19aisseg added Ray Childress

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73 68
Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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85 89
Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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80 82
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Dana Stubblefield San Francisco 49ers

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105 70
Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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110 104
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

42
93 89
Tony Siragusa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Tony Siragusa Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

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74 70
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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73 130
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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104 60
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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78 38
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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61 45
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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75 70
Keith Millard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
Keith Millard Minnesota Vikings

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49 90
Henry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Henry Jordan

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61 75
Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time
RobSpencer added Dave Butz