Football List of Famous Football Nose Guards

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List of the most famous (American) football nose guards in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary nose guards 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 nose guards 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 nose guards may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top nose guards in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

This list is made up of a variety of items, including Fred Smerlas and Bret Bielema.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest nose guard of all time?" and "Who are the best nose guards of all time?"

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Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Fred Smerlas Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman Frederic Charles Smerlas is a former American football defensive lineman who was a 5-time NFL Pro Bowl selection during 14-year career as a nose tackle with the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco ...more

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Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
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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Rick Bryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Rick Bryan Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Rick Don Bryan was an American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for ten seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Bryan played ...more

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Gilbert Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Gilbert Brown Defensive tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Gilbert Jesse Brown is a former American football player. A nose tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, Brown played 125 Packers games recording 292 tackles ...more

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Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Michael Carter Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Michael D'Andrea Carter, is a former U.S. Olympian track and field athlete and professional American football player.

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Edmund Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Edmund Nelson Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Edmund Clau-Von Nelson is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. Edmund ...more

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Alvin Wright is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Alvin Wright Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Alvin Wright is a former professional American football defensive lineman. Wright, a nose tackle, played with the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams from 1986 to 1991 and was All-Pro in ...more

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George Hinkle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
George Hinkle Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle George Allen Hinkle, Jr. is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for six seasons for the San Diego Chargers, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Cincinnati Bengals. ...more

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Tom Barndt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Tom Barndt Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Thomas Allen Barndt is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle for six seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the New York Jets.

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Jamal Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Jamal Williams Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Jamal Williams is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1998 ...more

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Greg Kragen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Greg Kragen Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Greg Kragen is the father of American Football player Kyle Kragen.

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Cletidus Hunt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Cletidus Hunt Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Cletidus Marquell Hunt is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League and the Arena Football League.

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David Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
David Grant Defensive end, Tackle, Nose tackle David John Grant is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for six seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers.

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Phil Tabor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Phil Tabor Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Philip Martin Tabor is a former professional American football defensive lineman. Tabor played four seasons with the New York Giants.

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Chuck Ehin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Chuck Ehin Defensive end, Tackle, Nose tackle Chuck Ehin was a former American football defensive end in the National Football League.

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Ben Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Ben Thomas Defensive end, Tackle, Nose tackle Benjamin Thomas Jr. is a former defensive lineman in the National Football League who played for the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Atlanta Falcons and ...more

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Bill Acker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Bill Acker Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle William Berry Acker, Jr. is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle for six seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Buffalo

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Bill Neill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Bill Neill Tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman William M. Neill is a former defensive lineman in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. Neill played collegiate ball at the University of ...more

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Steve Clark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Steve Clark Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Stephen Spence Clark is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle for four seasons for the Miami Dolphins. He also played on two state championship teams in High ...more

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Jeff Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Jeff Wright Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Jeffrey Dee Wright is a former American football nose tackle who had a seven-year career in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills. He played in four Super Bowls for the Bills, all ...more

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Don Latimer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Don Latimer Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Donald Bertsom Latimer is a former defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Latimer was born and raised in Fort Pierce, ...more

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Mitch Willis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Mitch Willis Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Otis Mitch Willis is a former professional American football nose tackle/defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played six seasons for the Los Angeles Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons, ...more

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Bob Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Bob Nelson Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Robert William Nelson is a retired American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one season and the Green Bay Packers for ...more

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Dennis Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Dennis Owens Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Dennis Ray Owens is a former professional American football player who played nose tackle for five seasons for the New England Patriots.

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Shawn Patterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Shawn Patterson Defensive end, Tackle, Nose tackle Kenneth Shawn Patterson is a former professional American football player who played defensive end and nose tackle for five seasons for the Green Bay Packers.

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Jerome Sally is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Jerome Sally Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Jerome Eli Sally is a former professional American football player who played nose tackle for seven seasons for the New York Giants, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Sally ...more

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Mike Piel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Mike Piel Defensive end, Tackle, Nose tackle Michael Lloyd Piel is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams.

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Lawrence Pete is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Lawrence Pete Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Lawrence Pete is a former American football nose tackle. He played five seasons in the NFL for the Detroit Lions who selected him with the 115th pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. He retired after the ...more

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Leo Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Leo Wisniewski Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard Leo Joseph Wisniewski is a former American football nose tackle who played professionally in the National Football League.

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Bret Bielema is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
Bret Bielema Nose guard Bret Arnold Bielema is an American college football coach and current head coach at Arkansas. Bielema previously served as head coach at Wisconsin, a position he held from 2006 to 2012, ...more

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John Blake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards
John Blake Nose guard John Patrick Blake is an American football coach and former player. He owns three championship rings, including one in college and two in the NFL; and is considered by many to be the nation's ...more