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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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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

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2
1,218 306
Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals

3
2,076 663
Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bill Romanowski Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

4
1,212 517
Conrad Dobler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Conrad Dobler New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,162 531
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Jack Tatum Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

6
1,381 681
Richie Incognito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Richie Incognito St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins - An all-around jerk; recently suspended for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin

7
1,000 500
Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Albert Haynesworth Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

8
945 473
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Cortland Finnegan Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

9
519 219
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Naish added Aaron Hernandez Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

10
381 144
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones

11
835 447
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added Lyle Alzado Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

12
1,033 660
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

13
1,241 816
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

14
1,383 952
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens

15
787 531
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Rodney Harrison New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Western Illinois Leathernecks football

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16
453 293
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
NFL LEGENDS added Jack Lambert Pittsburgh Steelers, Kent State Golden Flashes football

17
386 253
Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Brandon Meriweather Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears

18
688 533
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

19
596 464
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Porter Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals

20
274 175
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
AC_rockets56 added Terrell Suggs Arizona State Sun Devils football, Baltimore Ravens

21
451 338
George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added George Atkinson Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

22
796 667
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers, North Texas Mean Green football

23
847 720
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks

24
457 359
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
pjn33169 added Lawrence Taylor North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

25
868 769
Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers

26
334 270
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
bradbender01 added Deacon Jones Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins

27
430 367
Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Shawne Merriman Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers

28
439 380
Bernard Pollard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bernard Pollard Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans

29
317 268
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Matt Millen Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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345 302
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

31
365 330
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

32
238 205
Rae Carruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Rae Currath Carolina Panthers, Colorado Buffaloes football

33
268 249
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

34
762 810
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Major_Fisher14 added Tom Brady Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

35
280 268
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

36
272 260
Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bart Scott Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Southern Illinois Salukis football

37
208 190
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions

38
151 136
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added T. J. Ward Cleveland Browns

39
133 127
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers

40
135 133
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
-1456082551498 added Johnny Manziel

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338 397
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
omh755 added Ronnie Lott USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

42
101 94
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

43
344 413
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

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159 173
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

45
284 336
Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
MiddletownBuck added Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

46
231 270
Chuck Cecil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

47
98 97
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Chuck Bednarik University of Pennsylvania football

48
255 306
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

49
77 79
Fred Williamson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Fred Williamson Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Northwestern Wildcats football

50
153 194
Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
KathleenWray added Howie Long Oakland Raiders, Villanova Wildcats football