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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 and Defensive end from Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: Died at 43 (1961-2004)

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Volunteers football, Memphis Showboats

Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional football player who played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during ...more

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 73

Teams: Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945) is a retired jurist and former professional American football player. He gained national recognition as a defensive tackle in the National Football League ...more

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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Olney, Texas

Age: 76

Teams: TCU Horned Frogs football, Dallas Cowboys

Robert Lewis Lilly (born July 26, 1939), nicknamed "Mr. Cowboy", is a former American football defensive tackle and photographer. After a college career at Texas Christian University ...more

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Age: 66

Teams: Maryland Terrapins football, Dallas Cowboys

Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953) is a former American football defensive tackle. He attended the University of Maryland from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas ...more

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#29 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #75 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #97 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Lisbon, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 81

Willie D. Davis (born July 24, 1934) is a former American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis graduated from ...more

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#68 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #203 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #30 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972) 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 ...more

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John Randle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Mumford, Texas

Age: 48

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

John Anthony Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive lineman from Gainesville, Alabama

Age: Died at 52 (1940-1992)

Junious "Buck" Buchanan (September 10, 1940 – July 16, 1992) was a professional American football defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more
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Leon Lett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Leon Lett Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Mobile, Alabama

Age: 47

Teams: Denver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

Leon Lett Jr. (born October 12, 1968) is a former American football defensive tackle and coach. He is the assistant defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League ...more
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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Portland, Oregon

Teams: Detroit Lions

Ndamukong Ngwa Suh ( in-DAH-mə-kin SOO, born January 6, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more
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Ernie Stautner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Cham, Germany

Age: Died at 81 (1925-2006)

Ernest Alfred Stautner (April 20, 1925 – February 16, 2006) was an American football coach and defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins ...more
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Manny Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Manny Fernandez Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Oakland, California

Age: 69

Manuel Jose Fernandez (born July 3, 1946) is a former American football player of who played eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He played in three consecutive ...more

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#139 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #1,216 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #45 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Lucca, Italy

Age: Died at 76 (1924-2000)

Leo Joseph Nomellini (June 19, 1924 – October 17, 2000) was a Hall of Fame American football offensive and defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and professional wrestler. He played ...more
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Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Gadsden, South Carolina

Age: 36

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more

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#110 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #260 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #27 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Jefferson City, Missouri

Age: 39

Teams: San Francisco 49ers

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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Cortez Kennedy Defensive tackle from Osceola, Arkansas

Age: 47

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an American football defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League ...more
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Dan Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Age: 58

Daniel Oliver Hampton also known as "Danimal" (born September 19, 1957) is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears ...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 from Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Age: 35

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Kevin Williams (born August 16, 1980) is a former American football defensive tackle . He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings ninth overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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#200 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #1,230 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #28 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Bryant Young Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Chicago Heights, Illinois

Age: 43

Bryant Colby Young (born January 27, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). A first round draft pick out of ...more
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Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Orchard Park, New York

Age: 59

James P. Burt (born June 7, 1959 in Orchard Park, New York) is a former American football player who played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). ...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 and Defensive end from Long Branch, New Jersey

Age: 54

James Wilson Jeffcoat, Jr. (born April 1, 1961) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. He was recently an assistant ...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 and Defensive end from Pasadena, Texas

Age: 58

Jacob Carl Green (born January 21, 1957) 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 ...more

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#255 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #1,045 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #29 of 69 The Best Texas A&M Football Players of All Time

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Dave Butz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from La Fayette, Alabama

Age: 65

David Butz (born June 23, 1950) is a former American Football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Redskins in a ...more
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Albert Haynesworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Hartsville, South Carolina

Age: 37

Teams: Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans

Albert George Haynesworth III (born June 17, 1981) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football at ...more

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Gerald McCoy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Age: 27

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma Sooners football

Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. (born February 25, 1988) is an American football defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He played college football at Oklahoma, where ...more

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