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The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time 

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Updated May 27, 2020 107.3k votes 13.1k voters 296.8k views 156 items

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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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Portland, Oregon
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Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
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Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Linebacker from Los Angeles, California
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Conrad Dobler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Conrad Dobler Guard from Chicago, Illinois
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Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Guard from Englewood, New Jersey
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
Safety and Defensive back from Cherryville, North Carolina
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Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Hartsville, South Carolina
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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added
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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Cortland Finnegan Cornerback and Defensive back from Daytona Beach, Florida
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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones
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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Naish added Tight end from Bristol, Connecticut
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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Linebacker and Center from Chicago, Illinois, USA
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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker from Akron, Ohio
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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Linebacker from Bartow, Florida, United States of America
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Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Safety and Defensive back from Markham, Illinois
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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
NFL LEGENDS added Linebacker from Mantua, Ohio
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George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Cornerback and Safety from Savannah, Georgia
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Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
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Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Linebacker from Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Wide receiver from Carlsbad, California
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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Cornerback and Wide receiver from Compton, California
22
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Defensive end and Defensive lineman from Los Angeles, USA, California
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Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Seoul, South Korea
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Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Outside Linebacker from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
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Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Safety and Free Safety from Apopka, Florida