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List of Famous Football Defensive ends

Updated June 14, 2019 29.3k views1.4k items

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

    Reggie White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    AgeDied at 43 (1961-2004)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Volunteers football, Memphis Showboats

    Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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

    Julius Peppers

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceWilson, North Carolina

    Age40

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

    Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    J. J. Watt

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceWaukesha, Wisconsin

    Age31

    TeamsHouston Texans, Wisconsin Badgers football, Central Michigan Chippewas football

    Justin James "J. J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Dwight Freeney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Dwight Freeney

    Outside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Age40

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Syracuse Orange football, San Diego Chargers

    Dwight Jason Freeney (born February 19, 1980) is a former American football defensive end who... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Lee Roy Selmon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Lee Roy Selmon

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceEufaula, Oklahoma

    AgeDec. at 57 (1954-2011)

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

    Lee Roy Selmon (October 20, 1954 – September 4, 2011) was an American football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Michael Strahan

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age48

    TeamsTexas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

    Michael Anthony Strahan (; born November 21, 1971) is an American former football defensive... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Alan Page

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, USA

    Age75

    TeamsChicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

    Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is a retired jurist and former professional American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jared Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Jared Allen

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Age38

    TeamsIdaho State Bengals football, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

    Jared Scot Allen (born April 3, 1982) is a professional curler, and former professional... more on Wikipedia

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

    Doug Atkins

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceHumboldt, Tennessee, United States of America

    Age85

    Douglas Leon Atkins (May 8, 1930 – December 30, 2015) was an American football defensive end... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Jim Marshall

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceDanville, Kentucky

    Age82

    James Lawrence Marshall (born December 30, 1937) is a former American football player who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Randy White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Randy White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Age67

    TeamsMaryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

    Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953) is a former American football defensive tackle. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Harry Carson

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlorence, South Carolina, United States of America

    Age66

    Harry Donald Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    DeMarcus Ware

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama

    Age38

    TeamsTroy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

    DeMarcus Omar Ware (born July 31, 1982) is a former American football outside linebacker and... more on Wikipedia

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

    Jack Youngblood

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Age70

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams

    Herbert Jackson Youngblood III (born January 26, 1950) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Doug Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Doug Martin

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceFairfield, California

    Age63

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Douglas Martin or Doug Martin may refer to: Douglas J. Martin (1927–2010), New Zealander... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Gino Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Gino Marchetti

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceSmithers, West Virginia

    Age94

    Gino John Marchetti (January 2, 1926 – April 29, 2019) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Willie Davis

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceLisbon, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age86

    Willie D. Davis (born July 24, 1934) is a former American football defensive end for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Carl Eller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Carl Eller

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    Age78

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

    Carl Eller (born January 25, 1942) is a former professional American football player in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Warren Sapp

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

    Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Bobby Bell

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina, United States of America

    Age80

    Bobby Lee Bell Sr (born June 17, 1940) is a former professional American football linebacker... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Charles Haley

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGladys, Virginia, Virginia

    Age56

    Charles Lewis Haley (born January 6, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    John Randle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    John Randle

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceMumford, Texas

    Age52

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

    John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Chris Doleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive ends

    Chris Doleman

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Age59

    Christopher John Doleman (born October 16, 1961) is a former American football defensive end... more on Wikipedia

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

    Fred Dean

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceArcadia, Louisiana

    Age68

    Frederick Rudolph Dean (born February 24, 1952) is a former American football player in the... more on Wikipedia

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

    Richard Dent

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Age55

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, Tennessee State Tigers football, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles

    Richard Lamar Dent (born December 13, 1960) is a former American football defensive end, who... more on Wikipedia
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