Football List of Famous Football Nose Tackles

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

This list below has a variety of items in it, from Casey Hampton to Jim Burt.

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

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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Vince Wilfork Defensive lineman Vincent Lamar Wilfork is an American football defensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2004 ...more

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Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Jim Burt Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle James P. Burt is a former American football player who played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. Burt played nose tackle for the Giants team that ...more

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Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Casey Hampton Nose tackle Casey Hampton, Jr., nicknamed "Big Snack," is an American former football nose tackle who played twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played ...more

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Joe Klecko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Joe Klecko Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end Joseph Edward Klecko is a former American football player, of Polish descent, as a defensive lineman best remembered for his days as a member of the New York Jets' famed "New York Sack

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Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Alameda Ta'amu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Alameda Ta'amu Nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu is an American football nose tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football for the Washington Huskies.

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Ted Washington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Jeremiah Ratliff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Jeremiah Ratliff Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle Jeremiah Jerome Ratliff, is an American football nose tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for Auburn University. He was drafted by the Dallas ...more

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Ahtyba Rubin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Ahtyba Rubin Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin is an American football defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. ...more

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B. J. Raji is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
B. J. Raji Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle Busari Alamu "B. J." Raji, Jr. is an American football nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for Boston College. He was ...more

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Tim Krumrie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Tim Krumrie Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle Timothy Alan Krumrie is a former American football nose tackle who played his entire National Football League career for the Cincinnati Bengals, from 1983 through 1994.

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Antonio Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Antonio Johnson Nose tackle Antonio Rico Johnson is an American football nose tackle for the New England Patriots. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has also played for the ...more

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Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Terrence Cody Nose tackle Terrence Bernard Cody, Jr. is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Alabama. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in ...more

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Barry Cofield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Barry Cofield Nose tackle Barry Joseph Cofield, Jr. is an American football nose tackle who is a free agent. He was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Giants in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more

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Rick Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Ron Brace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Ron Brace Defensive tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman Ronald "Ron" Jeffery Brace III is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft ...more

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Ma'ake Kemoeatu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Ma'ake Kemoeatu Defensive tackle, Nose tackle, Defensive lineman Ma'ake Tu'amelie Kemoeatu is a retired Tongan professional American football player who played as a defensive tackle. He was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played ...more

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Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Phil Taylor Defensive lineman Phillip Eugene Taylor is an American football nose tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted 21st overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football ...more

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Russell Maryland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Russell Maryland Defensive tackle, Nose tackle, Offensive Lineman Russell James Maryland is a former professional American football player. He played defensive tackle for ten seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers of the National ...more

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Antonio Dixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Antonio Dixon Defensive tackle, Nose tackle Antonio Dixon is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2009. He played for the Eagles from ...more

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Brandon McKinney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Brandon McKinney Defensive tackle, Nose tackle Brandon McKinney is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at ...more

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Steve McLendon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Steve McLendon Defensive end, Nose tackle Steve McLendon is an American football player that primarily plays nose tackle and occasionally lines up as a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was ...more

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Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Dontari Poe Nose tackle Dontari D. Poe is an American football nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Memphis. Originally projected a ...more

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Edmund Nelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Mike Wright is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Mike Wright Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle Michael Wright is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2005. ...more

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Tom Barndt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Chuck Ehin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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David Grant is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Ben Thomas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Mike Lodish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Mike Lodish Defensive tackle, Lineman, Nose tackle Michael Timothy Lodish is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the tenth round of the 1990 NFL Draft. A 6'3", 270-lb. defensive tackle and ...more

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Steve Clark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Pete Koch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Pete Koch Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle Peter Alan Koch is an actor and a former American football player.

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Jeff Wright is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Shawn Patterson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Dennis Owens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Jerome Sally is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
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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Doug Worthington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Doug Worthington Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Nose tackle Doug Worthington, Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round, with the 242nd overall pick, of the 2010 ...more