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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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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4,045 1,291
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions

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1,478 626
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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1,739 801
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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1,398 648
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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1,208 606
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
1,122 578
Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Samford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

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634 286
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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1,014 534
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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760 386
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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1,246 782
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears

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1,650 1,138
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens

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1,467 1,001
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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941 637
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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607 411
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

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565 404
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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423 286
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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811 663
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
cincycheetahs added Carolina Panthers

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456 342
Brandon Meriweather is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
surag added Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears

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703 572
Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado State Rams football, Arizona Cardinals

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932 790
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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985 857
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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570 474
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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988 919
Hines Ward is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers

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413 343
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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422 353
Ben Davidson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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495 430
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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374 327
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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479 448
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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415 387
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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294 272
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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948 1,028
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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318 306
Kevin Gogan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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316 324
Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time

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202 188
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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306 323
Bart Scott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Southern Illinois Salukis football

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154 140
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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216 220
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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88 60
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
Tom Derr added Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

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232 243
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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407 468
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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146 136
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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119 106
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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191 201
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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406 493
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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335 404
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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290 360
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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80 70
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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191 227
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
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