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

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Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Defensive lineman Harvey Banks Martin was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys from 1973 until 1983. He starred at South Oak Cliff High School and East Texas ...more

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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Outside Linebacker, Defensive end Vonnie B'Vsean Miller is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football for Texas A&M University, earned consensus ...more

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L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end L. C. Henderson Greenwood was an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

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Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Leon Lett, Jr., nicknamed The Big Cat, is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, after playing ...more

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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Outside Linebacker, Defensive end Mario Jerrel Williams is an American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He played college football for North Carolina State University. Williams was ...more

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Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Dwight Lynn White was an American football defensive end who played for ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League and was a member of the famed Steel Curtain

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Manny Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Manuel Jose Fernandez is a former American football player of who played eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He played in three Super Bowls for the Dolphins.

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Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Etuini Haloti Ngata is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Oregon and earned consensus ...more

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Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Neil Smith is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1988 to 1996, the Denver Broncos from 1997 to 1999, and the San ...more

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Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end Daniel Oliver Hampton also known as "Danimal" is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the ...more

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Chris Clemons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Christopher Clemons is an American football defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in ...more

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Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Jason Andrew Pierre-Paul, nicknamed JPP, is an American football defensive end for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of South ...more

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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Bryant Colby Young is a former American football defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. A first round draft pick out of University of Notre Dame, he ...more

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Jim Jeffcoat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman James Wilson "Jim" Jeffcoat, Jr. is a former American football defensive end and current coach. A native of Matawan, New Jersey, Jeffcoat played college football at Arizona State ...more

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Jacob Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman Jacob Carl Green is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for Texas A&M. Green was an All-American selection in 1979 after compiling 134 tackles and was a then ...more

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Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive lineman Courtney Lanair Brown is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League for seven seasons. He played college football for Penn ...more

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Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker Shawne DeAndre Merriman, nicknamed "Lights Out", is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League from 2005 to 2012. He was among the top ...more

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Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Defensive end David Butz is a former American Football defensive lineman in the National Football League who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins in a sixteen-year career from 1973 ...more

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Simeon Rice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Simeon James Rice is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals third overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois. In his 12-year ...more

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Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Justin Lee Tuck is an American football defensive end for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He ...more

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Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Linebacker Tamba Boimah Hali is a Liberian-born American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2006 ...more

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Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Outside Linebacker Robert Nathan Mathis is an American football outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He played college football at Alabama A&M and was drafted by the ...more

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Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end Elvin Lamont Bethea is a former American football defensive end who played his entire career with the Houston Oilers. He played for North Carolina A&T State University and was the first ...more

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Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end Joseph Edward Klecko is a former American football player, of Polish descent, as a defensive lineman best remembered for his days as a member of the New York Jets' famed "New York Sack

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Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Defensive end, Defensive lineman Marcus Dell Gastineau is a former American football player who was a leading defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. A five-time Pro Bowler, his 107½ quarterback sacks in ...more