Football 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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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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4,207 1,322
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions

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2,745 817
Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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1,550 650
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
1,805 831
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

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1,459 672
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

7
1,264 626
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
1,161 598
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

9
686 310
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones

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1,056 551
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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812 410
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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1,288 814
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears

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1,702 1,172
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens

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1,511 1,039
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

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974 665
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Western Illinois Leathernecks football

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645 439
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
581 419
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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456 319
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

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733 601
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals

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833 696
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Carolina Panthers

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466 358
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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959 826
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

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1,008 887
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Seattle Seahawks

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593 500
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
pjn33169 added North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

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440 363
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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433 359
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 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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510 443
Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers

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1,013 957
Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

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388 341
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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490 460
Bernard Pollard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans

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427 400
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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315 280
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Carolina Panthers, Colorado Buffaloes football

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991 1,062
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Major_Fisher14 added Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

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332 315
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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119 78
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Tom Derr added Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

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220 198
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Green Bay Packers

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329 334
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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169 148
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

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230 230
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
icoachfb added Los Angeles Rams

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313 336
Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Southern Illinois Salukis football

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243 249
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Detroit Lions

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158 145
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added University of Pennsylvania football

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421 482
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
omh755 added USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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126 117
Fred Williamson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Northwestern Wildcats football

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200 216
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Cleveland Browns

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418 514
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

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306 372
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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91 79
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Nick Lavorgna added Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets

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345 426
Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
MiddletownBuck added Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

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187 223
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colt added Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots