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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, Defensive end
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, Defensive end
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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#59 of 140 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time #27 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Defensive Tackles
Defensive tackle
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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#2,194 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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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 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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#28 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #16 of 17 The Worst Super Bowl Plays 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, Defensive end, Defensive lineman
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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#192 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever #36 of 89 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, Defensive end, Tackle
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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#5 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time #6 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

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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 (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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#52 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #35 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #4 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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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 (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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#757 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever #12 of 127 The Best Kansas City Chiefs Of All Time

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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. (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
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
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, Defensive end, Tackle
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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#132 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #49 of 89 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, Tackle
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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#136 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #66 of 146 The Best NFL Players To Have Their Numbers Retired #39 of 99 The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

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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 (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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#298 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever #16 of 50 The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time #20 of 89 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
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#407 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever #35 of 102 The Best Cincinnati Bengals of All Time

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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 (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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#248 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever #21 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

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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" (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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#10 of 140 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time #86 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #13 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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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 (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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#285 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #26 of 89 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, Defensive end, Tackle
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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#118 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #24 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time #17 of 41 The Best NFL Players From Illinois

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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 (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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#36 of 144 The Best New York Giants of All Time #34 of 60 The Best NFL Players From New York

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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 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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#249 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #51 of 93 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

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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 (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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#294 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #548 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever #77 of 93 The Greatest Defensive Ends 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, Defensive end
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
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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#31 of 50 The Best NFL Players From South Carolina #235 of 241 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

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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. (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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#8 of 95 The Best Oklahoma Sooners of All Time #39 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time