List of the most famous (American) football defensive linemans in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary defensive linemans 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 linemans 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 linemans may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top defensive linemans in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.
List items include Jimmy Johnson, Charles Haley and many more.This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest defensive lineman of all time?" and "Who are the best defensive linemans of all time?"
Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings
Age: Died at 51 (1950-2001)
Teams: Dallas Cowboys
Teams: New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football
Teams: Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots
Teams: Denver Broncos, Penn State Nittany Lions football, Cleveland Browns
Teams: Arizona State Sun Devils football, New York Jets
Teams: USC Trojans football, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns
Age: Dec. at 66 (1945-2011)
Teams: Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders
Teams: New York Jets