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
Reggie White 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
Alan Page 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
Bob Lilly 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
Randy White 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
Willie Davis 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
Warren Sapp 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
John Randle 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
Buck Buchanan 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
Leon Lett 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
Ndamukong Suh 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
Ernie Stautner 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
Manny Fernandez 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
Leo Nomellini 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
Richard Seymour 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
Justin Smith 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
Cortez Kennedy 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
Dan Hampton 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
Kevin Williams 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
Bryant Young 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
Jim Burt 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
Jim Jeffcoat 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
Jacob Green 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
Dave Butz 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
Albert Haynesworth 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
Gerald McCoy 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

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Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Joe Klecko 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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William Perry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
William Perry Defensive tackle, Fullback William Anthony Perry is a former American professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League for ten seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Perry played ...more

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Alex Karras Defensive tackle Alexander George "Alex" Karras, nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the ...more

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Pat Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Pat Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle Patrick "Pat" Williams Sr. is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League for fourteen seasons. He played college football for Texas A&M ...more

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Bill Stanfill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Bill Stanfill Defensive tackle, Defensive end William Thomas Stanfill is a former defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League and then the NFL after the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.

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Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Jerome Brown Defensive tackle Willie Jerome Brown, III was an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played his entire five-year NFL career with the Eagles from ...more

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Geno Atkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Geno Atkins Defensive tackle Gene Renard Atkins Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Georgia. He was ...more

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Ray Childress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Ray Childress Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Raymond Clay Childress, Jr. is a former American football defensive lineman in the NFL for the Houston Oilers from 1985–1996, earning Pro Bowl honors five times. He shares the NFL record for ...more

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Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Bill Willis Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end William Karnet Willis was an American football defensive lineman who played eight seasons for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League. Known ...more

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Fletcher Cox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Fletcher Cox Defensive tackle, Defensive end Fletcher Cox is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. After playing college football for Mississippi State, he was selected 12th overall ...more

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Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Dana Stubblefield Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Dana William Stubblefield is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. After graduating from Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio, Stubblefield attended the ...more

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Bob Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Bob Brown Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Robert Eddie Brown is a former American football defensive end who played for the Green Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals in an eleven-year career that lasted from ...more

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Alameda Ta'amu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Alameda Ta'amu Nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu is an American football nose tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football for the Washington Huskies.

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Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle Robert Perry "Bob" Golic is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for fourteen seasons during the 1970s, ...more

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John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle John Elliott was an American college and Professional Football defensive tackle. He played collegiately for the University of Texas, and in 1967 was drafted by the American Football League's New ...more

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Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Dan Wilkinson Defensive tackle, Tackle Daniel Raymon Wilkinson is a former American football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for thirteen seasons in the 1990s and 2000s. Nicknamed "Big ...more

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Henry Melton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Henry Melton Defensive tackle Henry James Melton is an American football defensive tackle for Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Texas, where he was a ...more

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Arnie Weinmeister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Arnie Weinmeister Defensive tackle Arnold George Weinmeister was an American and Canadian football defensive tackle. He went to four Pro Bowls, but with only a six-year tenure in the All-America Football Conference and National ...more

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Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is an American football defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bills third overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Art Donovan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Art Donovan Defensive tackle Arthur James "The Bulldog" Donovan, Jr. was an American football defensive tackle, better known as Art Donovan, who played for three National Football League teams, most notably the ...more

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Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Bubba Smith Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was an American professional football player who became an actor after his retirement from the sport. He first came into prominence at Michigan State ...more

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Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Ted Washington Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Theodore Washington, Jr. is a former American football nose tackle. He was originally drafted out of Louisville by the San Francisco 49ers, 25th overall in the 1991 NFL Draft, but also played ...more

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Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Martin Anthony Lyons is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for eleven seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. Lyons ...more

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Mike Rucker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Mike Rucker Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Michael Dean Rucker is a former American football defensive end who played eight seasons for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University ...more

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John Dutton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
John Dutton Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle John Owen Dutton is a former professional football player, a defensive lineman in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys. He played 14 seasons, from 1974-87.