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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.

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Julius Peppers Defensive end

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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
J. J. Watt Defensive end

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Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Dwight Freeney Outside Linebacker, Defensive end, Linebacker

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Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Lee Roy Selmon Defensive end

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Michael Strahan Defensive end

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Alan Page Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Jared Allen Defensive end

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Doug Atkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Doug Atkins Defensive end

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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Jim Marshall Defensive end

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Randy White Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Linebacker

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Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Harry Carson Defensive end, Linebacker

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DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
DeMarcus Ware Defensive end, Linebacker

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Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Jack Youngblood Defensive end

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Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Doug Martin Defensive end

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Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Gino Marchetti Defensive end

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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Willie Davis Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Carl Eller Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Warren Sapp Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Bobby Bell Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Charles Haley Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
John Randle Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Chris Doleman Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

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Richard Dent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Richard Dent Defensive end

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Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Harvey Martin Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Von Miller Outside Linebacker, Defensive end

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L. C. Greenwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
L. C. Greenwood Defensive end

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Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Leon Lett Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Mario Williams Outside Linebacker, Defensive end

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Dwight White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Dwight White Defensive end

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Manny Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Manny Fernandez Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Haloti Ngata Defensive end

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Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Neil Smith Defensive end

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Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Dan Hampton Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Chris Clemons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Chris Clemons Defensive end

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Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Jason Pierre-Paul Defensive end

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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Bryant Young Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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Jim Jeffcoat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Jim Jeffcoat Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Jacob Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Jacob Green Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

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Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Shawne Merriman Defensive end, Linebacker

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Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Dave Butz Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Simeon Rice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Simeon Rice Defensive end

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Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Justin Tuck Defensive end

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Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

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Robert Mathis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Robert Mathis Outside Linebacker

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Elvin Bethea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Elvin Bethea Defensive end

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Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Joe Klecko Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends
Mark Gastineau Defensive end, Defensive lineman