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List of Famous Football Nose Guards

Updated June 14, 2019 16.9k 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
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceWaltham, Massachusetts

    Age64

    Frederic Charles Smerlas (born April 8, 1957) 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,  ...more

    #809 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#46 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time#406 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • 2
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    Age53

    Theodore Washington Jr. (born April 13, 1968) 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,  ...more
  • 3
    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 football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons during the  ...more
  • 4
    Defensive tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceFarmington, Michigan

    Age50

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Gilbert Jesse Brown (born February 22, 1971) is a former American football player. A nose tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (1993–99, 2001–03), Brown played  ...more
  • 5
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age60

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Michael D'Andrea "Mike" Carter (born October 29, 1960 in Dallas, Texas), is a former American football player and track and field athlete. He played football professionally as a nose tackle with the  ...more
  • 6
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceLive Oak, Florida

    Age61

    Edmund Clau-Von Nelson (born April 30, 1960) is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England  ...more
  • 7
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceWedowee, Alabama

    Age60

    Alvin Wright (February 5, 1961 – March 23, 2018) was a professional American football defensive lineman. Wright, a nose tackle, played with the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams from 1986  ...more
  • 8
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePacific, Missouri

    Age56

    George Allen Hinkle, Jr. (born March 17, 1965) is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for six seasons for the San Diego Chargers, the Minnesota Vikings, and the  ...more
  • 9
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceMentor, Ohio

    Age49

    Thomas Allen Barndt (born March 14, 1972) 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  ...more
  • 10
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Age45

    TeamsSan Diego Chargers

    Jamal Williams (born April 28, 1976) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the  ...more
  • 11
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age59

    Gregory John Kragen (born March 4, 1962) is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) including three Super Bowls and five championship games. He was selected  ...more
  • 12
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Age45

    Cletidus Marquell Hunt (born January 2, 1976) is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League and the Arena Football League.  ...more
  • 13
    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceBelleville, New Jersey

    Age56

    David John Grant (born September 17, 1965) is a former professional American football player who played defensive end for six seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay  ...more
  • 14
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Age64

    Philip Martin Tabor (born November 30, 1956) is a former professional American football defensive lineman. Tabor played four seasons with the New York Giants. He is the identical twin brother of  ...more
  • 15
    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceMarysville, California

    Age60

    Chuck Ehin Born Charles Kalev Ehin (July 1, 1961 in Marysville, California) is a former American football Defensive End/Nose Tackle in the National Football League (NFL). 1983 NFL Draftee. While  ...more
  • 16
    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceAshburn, Georgia

    Age60

    Benjamin Thomas may refer to: Benjamin Thomas (politician) (1813–1878), Massachusetts politician and judge Benjamin Thomas (industrialist) (1860–1914), American businessman and industrialist,  ...more
  • 17
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceFreer, Texas

    Age64

    William Berry Acker, Jr. (born November 7, 1956 in Freer, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle for six seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas  ...more
  • 18
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceNorristown, Pennsylvania

    Age62

    William M. Neill (born March 15, 1959) 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  ...more
  • 19
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Age61

    Stephen Spence Clark (born August 2, 1960) is a former professional American football player who played defensive tackle and offensive guard for five seasons for the Miami Dolphins. He also played on  ...more
  • 20
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceSan Bernardino, California

    Age58

    Jeffrey Dee Wright (born June 13, 1963 in San Bernardino, California) is a former American football nose tackle who had a seven-year career in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills. He  ...more
  • 21
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceFort Pierce, Florida

    Age66

    Donald Bertsom Latimer (born March 1, 1955) 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  ...more
  • 22
    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age59

    Otis Mitch Willis (born March 16, 1962) is a former professional American football nose tackle/defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played six seasons for the Los Angeles Raiders  ...more
  • 23
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Age62

    Robert William Nelson (born March 3, 1959) 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  ...more
  • 24
    Tackle, Nose tackle

    BirthplaceClinton, North Carolina

    Age61

    Dennis Ray Owens (born February 24, 1960) is a former professional American football player who played nose tackle for five seasons for the New England Patriots.  ...more
  • 25
    Defensive end, Tackle

    BirthplaceTempe, Arizona

    Age57

    Shawn Patterson may refer to: Shawn Patterson (American football) (born 1964), American former professional football player Shawn Patterson (composer) (born 1965), American composer and songwriter  ...more