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List of the most famous (American) football defensive backs in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary defensive backs in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best defensive backs to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing defensive backs may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top defensive backs in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

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Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Sammy Baugh Punter, Quarterback, Defensive back

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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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Mel Blount is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Mel Blount Cornerback, Defensive back

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Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Rodney Harrison Safety, Defensive back

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Steve Atwater is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Steve Atwater Safety, Defensive back

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Emlen Tunnell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Emlen Tunnell Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

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Steve Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Steve Van Buren Running back, Safety, Defensive back

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Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Jack Tatum Safety, Defensive back

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Eugene Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Eugene Robinson Safety, Defensive back

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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Ronde Barber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Ronde Barber Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Jim Thorpe Running back, Punter, Placekicker

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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Cortland Finnegan Cornerback, Defensive back

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Willie Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Willie Wood Return specialist, Safety, Quarterback

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Paul Krause is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Paul Krause Safety, Defensive back

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Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Tom Landry Cornerback, Kickoff returner, Punter

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George Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
George Atkinson Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Darren Woodson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Darren Woodson Safety, Defensive back

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Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Lawyer Milloy Strong Safety, Defensive back

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Kenny Easley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Kenny Easley Safety, Defensive back

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Danieal Manning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Danieal Manning Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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Eric Berry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Eric Berry Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Mike Minter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Mike Minter Safety, Defensive back

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Jake Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Jake Scott Safety, Defensive back

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Dick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Dick Anderson Safety, Defensive back

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Mike Brown Safety, Defensive back

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Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

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Aeneas Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Aeneas Williams Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Carnell Lake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Carnell Lake Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Andre Waters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Andre Waters Safety, Defensive back

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Cliff Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Cliff Harris Safety, Defensive back

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Antoine Bethea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs

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Charley Trippi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Charley Trippi Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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Scott Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Scott Frost Quarterback, Defensive back

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Bob Waterfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Bob Waterfield Punter, Quarterback, Placekicker

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Clem Daniels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Clem Daniels Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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Bill Bates is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Bill Bates Safety, Linebacker, Defensive back

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Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Dwight Hicks Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Ray Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Ray Buchanan Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Mark Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Mark Collins Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Charlie Waters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Charlie Waters Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

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Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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Harry Gilmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Harry Gilmer Halfback, Quarterback, Defensive back

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Josh Bullocks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Josh Bullocks Safety, Defensive back

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Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Joe Haden Cornerback, Defensive back

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Dave Duerson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Dave Duerson Safety, Defensive back

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Don Carey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Don Carey Cornerback, Defensive back

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Gary Fencik is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Backs
Gary Fencik Safety, Defensive back