NFL 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. 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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3,012 880
Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers
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2,335 652
Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Cincinnati Bengals
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4,514 1,394
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions
4
1,696 686
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
5
1,973 878
Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins
An all-around jerk; recently suspended for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin
6
1,578 714
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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1,392 664
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
8
789 358
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones
9
1,242 631
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans
10
1,150 581
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns
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908 464
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
12
1,377 871
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears
13
1,607 1,115
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals
14
1,050 704
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Western Illinois Leathernecks football
15
1,785 1,273
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens
16
716 480
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
NFL LEGENDS added Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football
17
620 445
George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
18
499 380
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Arizona State Sun Devils football, Baltimore Ravens
19
1,022 869
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football
20
779 644
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals
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879 748
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Carolina Panthers
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1,062 941
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Seattle Seahawks
23
488 389
Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears
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472 387
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
25
636 560
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
pjn33169 added North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants