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List of Famous Football Nose Guards

Updated June 14, 2019 16.6k views31 items

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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  • 1
    Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Fred Smerlas

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceWaltham, Massachusetts

    Age63

    Frederic Charles Smerlas (born April 8, 1957) is a former American football defensive lineman... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Ted Washington

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Age52

    Theodore Washington Jr. (born April 13, 1968) is a former American football nose tackle. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Rick Bryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Rick Bryan

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    AgeDec. at 47 (1962-2009)

    Rick Don Bryan (March 20, 1962 – July 25, 2009) was an American college and professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Gilbert Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Gilbert Brown

    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceFarmington, Michigan

    Age49

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Gilbert Jesse Brown (born February 22, 1971) is a former American football player. A nose... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Michael Carter

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age59

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Michael D'Andrea "Mike" Carter (born October 29, 1960 in Dallas, Texas), is a former American... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Edmund Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Edmund Nelson

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceLive Oak, Florida

    Age60

    Edmund Clau-Von Nelson (born April 30, 1960) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Alvin Wright is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Alvin Wright

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceWedowee, Alabama

    Age59

    Alvin Wright (February 5, 1961 – March 23, 2018) was a professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    George Hinkle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    George Hinkle

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePacific, Missouri

    Age55

    George Allen Hinkle, Jr. (born March 17, 1965) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Tom Barndt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Tom Barndt

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceMentor, Ohio

    Age48

    Thomas Allen Barndt (born March 14, 1972) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jamal Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Jamal Williams

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Age44

    TeamsSan Diego Chargers

    Jamal Williams (born April 28, 1976) is a former American football nose tackle who played in... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Greg Kragen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Greg Kragen

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age58

    Gregory John Kragen (born March 4, 1962) is a former American football defensive lineman in... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Cletidus Hunt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Cletidus Hunt

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Age44

    Cletidus Marquell Hunt (born January 2, 1976) is a former defensive tackle in the National... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    David Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    David Grant

    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceBelleville, New Jersey

    Age55

    David John Grant (born September 17, 1965) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Phil Tabor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Phil Tabor

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Age63

    Philip Martin Tabor (born November 30, 1956) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Chuck Ehin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Chuck Ehin

    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceMarysville, California

    Age59

    Chuck Ehin Born Charles Kalev Ehin (July 1, 1961 in Marysville, California) is a former... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Ben Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Ben Thomas

    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceAshburn, Georgia

    Age59

    Benjamin Thomas may refer to: Benjamin Thomas (politician) (1813–1878), Massachusetts... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Bill Acker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Bill Acker

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceFreer, Texas

    Age63

    William Berry Acker, Jr. (born November 7, 1956 in Freer, Texas) is a former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bill Neill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Bill Neill

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceNorristown, Pennsylvania

    Age61

    William M. Neill (born March 15, 1959) is a former defensive lineman in the National Football... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Steve Clark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Steve Clark

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Age60

    Stephen Spence Clark (born August 2, 1960) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Jeff Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Jeff Wright

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California

    Age57

    Jeffrey Dee Wright (born June 13, 1963 in San Bernardino, California) is a former American... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Don Latimer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Don Latimer

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceFort Pierce, Florida

    Age65

    Donald Bertsom Latimer (born March 1, 1955) is a former defensive lineman for the Denver... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mitch Willis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Mitch Willis

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age58

    Otis Mitch Willis (born March 16, 1962) is a former professional American football nose... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Bob Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Bob Nelson

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Age61

    Robert William Nelson (born March 3, 1959) is a retired American football nose tackle who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Dennis Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Dennis Owens

    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceClinton, North Carolina

    Age60

    Dennis Ray Owens (born February 24, 1960) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Shawn Patterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Guards

    Shawn Patterson

    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceTempe, Arizona

    Age56

    Shawn Patterson may refer to: Shawn Patterson (American football) (born 1964), American... more on Wikipedia
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