Football List of Famous Football Defensive ends

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List of the most famous (American) football defensive ends in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary defensive ends 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 ends 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 ends may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top defensive ends in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

You can rank all of these items, from Reggie White to Alan Page.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest defensive end of all time?" and "Who are the best defensive ends of all time?"

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Julius Frazier Peppers is an American football player for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of North Carolina, and was ...more

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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Justin James "J. J." Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin and ...more

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Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Outside Linebacker, Defensive end, Linebacker
Dwight Jason Freeney is a former American football defensive end who played 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Syracuse, where he earned unanimous ...more

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Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Lee Roy Selmon was a Hall of Fame NFL football defensive lineman.

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Michael Anthony Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. Strahan set a record for the ...more

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Alan Cedric Page is an American jurist and former professional football player. He is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, a position to which he was first elected in 1992, and ...more

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Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Jared Scot Allen is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for Idaho State University and was drafted by the Kansas ...more

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Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Douglas Leon Atkins is a former American football defensive end who played for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. He played college ...more

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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
James Lawrence Marshall is a retired American football player who played defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings. At the time of his retirement, he owned the career ...more

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker
Randall Lee "Randy" White is a former American football defensive tackle. He attended the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys ...more

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Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker
Harold Donald Carson is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire professional career for the NFL's New York Giants. Carson was inducted into the College Football Hall ...more

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DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker
DeMarcus Omar Ware is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL ...more

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Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Herbert Jackson Youngblood, III is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League for fourteen ...more

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Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Doug Martin is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A 6'3", 258 lbs. defensive end from the ...more

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Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Gino John Marchetti is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. A defensive end, he played in 1952 for the Dallas Texans and from 1953 to 1966 for the ...more

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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman
Willie D. Davis is a former American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Davis grew up in rural Louisiana and graduated ...more

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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Defensive lineman
Carl Eller is a former professional American football player in the National Football League who played from 1964 through 1979. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended the ...more

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
Warren Carlos Sapp is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American ...more

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Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
Bobby Lee Bell, Sr is a former professional American football linebacker/defensive end. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and was a member of ...more

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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
Charles Lewis Haley is a retired American football linebacker and defensive end who played in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected in ...more

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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
John Anthony Randle is a former American football defensive tackle that played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. On February 6, 2010 he was ...more

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Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Defensive lineman
Christopher John Doleman is a former American Football defensive end who played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 1999. He was an 8-time ...more

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Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker
Frederick Rudolph "Fred" Dean is a former American football player in the National Football League, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His career started with the San Diego ...more

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Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end
Richard Lamar Dent is a former American football defensive end, who played primarily for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XX. He was elected to the ...more