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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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1
1,514 389
Vontaze Burfict is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Sm_Banks1 added Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals

2
3,662 1,124
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions

3
2,250 723
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
1,320 565
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
1,270 584
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
1,538 733
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
1,101 559
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
1,046 534
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
494 200
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Colinnnnnnnnn added Adam Jones

10
643 301
Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Naish added Aaron Hernandez Florida Gators football, New England Patriots

11
906 490
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
1,134 714
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Dick Butkus Chicago Bears

13
1,352 902
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

14
1,505 1,043
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

15
863 584
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

16
531 345
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
762 592
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Steve Smith Carolina Panthers

18
506 368
George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Al Sobrante added George Atkinson Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

19
425 303
Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Brandon Meriweather Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears

20
340 231
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
643 515
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Porter Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals

People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

22
863 723
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
924 782
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Greg83 added Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks

24
513 415
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
375 298
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
908 834
Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Hines Ward Pittsburgh Steelers

27
459 397
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
379 323
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

29
458 415
Bernard Pollard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Bernard Pollard Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans

30
342 294
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Matt Millen Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football

31
386 358
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

32
262 236
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
292 276
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

34
850 924
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
298 291
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
289 287
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
220 212
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions

38
164 150
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers

39
124 113
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Alex Karras Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes football

40
170 171
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added T. J. Ward Cleveland Browns

41
184 190
Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jack Youngblood Los Angeles Rams

42
119 111
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
slaft added Chuck Bednarik University of Pennsylvania football

The Best Touchdown Celebrations of All Time

43
365 428
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
omh755 added Ronnie Lott USC Trojans football, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers

44
372 446
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Chad Ochocinco Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins

45
306 369
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
161 179
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
-1456082551498 added Johnny Manziel

47
273 330
Randy White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Mileyt1382 added Randy White Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

48
242 299
Chuck Cecil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

49
89 92
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
172 216
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