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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2,736 815
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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4,187 1,320
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions

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1,544 649
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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1,802 827
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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1,452 671
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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1,257 623
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
1,158 595
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
679 308
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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1,052 549
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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807 409
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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1,284 812
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears

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1,698 1,169
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens

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1,509 1,036
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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971 661
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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643 435
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
579 418
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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453 316
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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729 597
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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831 693
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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466 356
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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958 820
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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1,007 883
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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590 497
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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438 362
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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431 356
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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Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

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509 441
Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Maryland Terrapins football, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers

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387 340
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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490 458
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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427 398
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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313 278
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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332 313
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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985 1,058
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Major_Fisher14 added Michigan Wolverines football, New England Patriots

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118 75
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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218 197
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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329 332
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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168 147
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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312 334
Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Southern Illinois Salukis football

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243 248
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Detroit Lions

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228 230
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
icoachfb added Los Angeles Rams

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420 480
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
omh755 added USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

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156 145
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added University of Pennsylvania football

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126 116
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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200 215
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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418 513
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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345 422
Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
MiddletownBuck added Pittsburgh Steelers, Southern Jaguars football

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304 370
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

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90 79
Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 49 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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184 220
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