Football List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles

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List of the most famous (American) football defensive tackles in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary defensive tackles 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 tackles 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 tackles may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top defensive tackles 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 Tackles
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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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Bob Lilly was the spouse of Peggy De Castro.
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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman
Junious "Buck" Buchanan was an American collegiate and Professional Football defensive tackle. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League and in the National
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Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions second overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Ernest Alfred Stautner was a German-born American football player and coach who starred as a defensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Manny Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle, Tackle
Leo Joseph Nomellini was a Hall of Fame American football player with the San Francisco 49ers. He was born at Lucca in Italy and immigrated to the United States as an infant. However Nomellini ...more
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Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Richard Vershaun Seymour is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was drafted by the New ...more
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Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Justin Smith, nicknamed "The Cowboy", is an American football player who is a defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for ...more
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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Cortez Kennedy is a former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Kevin Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Kevin Williams is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Oklahoma State University. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings ninth ...more
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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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 Burt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle
James P. Burt is a former American football player who played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. Burt played nose tackle for the Giants team that ...more
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Jim Jeffcoat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
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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Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Albert George Haynesworth III is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of ...more
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Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buccaneers third overall in the 2010 NFL ...more