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The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time  

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List Rules Please rank the players based on how dirty and underhanded they were during their career

The dirtiest NFL players of all time are some of the meanest and most hated men to ever play professional football. Some of these players are among the most hated NFL players today. You probably won't see these current and former National Football League players earning any sportsmanship awards anytime soon but there's a good chance their names will be in the news for bone-crushing hits, injuries and losing their tempers on the football field.

Each year several sports media outlets asks the NFL players themselves which current player they see as the dirtiest. In recent years, names like longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong "Donkey Kong" Suh have been selected by their peers as the dirtiest. With both players having nasty on-and-off-field incidents to their credit, the selections are not undeserved.

But dirty play is nothing new in the NFL. In fact, many of the dirtiest NFL players of all time are from many decades ago. Conrad Dobler, an offensive lineman who played from 1972 to 1981, bit, hit, kicked and spit on opposing players, including an incident where he punched fellow tough guy and one of the greatest defenders in NFL history Mean Joe Greene. Johnny Sample is another long retired player who earned the reputation for dirty play. The defensive back in the 1950s and 60s even named his autobiography "Confessions of a Dirty Ballplayer."

While professional football is and will probably always be a violent sport, these dirty NFL players took that to another scary level. Vote for the NFL players you think are the dirtiest below or add any that are missing. Think these guys are bad? Check out the most shocking NFL scandals too.

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Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Cincinnati Bengals
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Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions
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Conrad Dobler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Cardinals
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Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders
An all-around jerk; recently suspended for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin
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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football
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Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots
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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones
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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns
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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans
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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Naish added Florida Gators football, New England Patriots
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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears
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Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Western Illinois Leathernecks football
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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
NFL LEGENDS added Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football
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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals
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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens
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George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Tom Derr added Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers
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Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Green Bay Packers
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Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
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Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears
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Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Arizona Cardinals
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Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals
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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
bradbender01 added Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins
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Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Matthew Mitchell added

They invented the clothesline rule for this guy.