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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
Defensive lineman from Boynton Beach, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for the ...more

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Jim Burt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Orchard Park, New York

Age: 59

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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Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Casey Hampton Nose tackle from Galveston, Texas, United States of America

Age: 38

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Casey Hampton Jr. (born September 3, 1977), nicknamed "Big Snack," is a former American football nose tackle who played twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...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 and Lineman from Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 62

Joe Klecko (born October 15, 1953 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former American football player, of Polish descent, best remembered for his days as Defensive Lineman; a member of the New York ...more

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Fred Smerlas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Tackle and Nose tackle from Waltham, Massachusetts

Age: 58

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 ...more
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Alameda Ta'amu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Nose tackle from Kent, Washington

Age: 28

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Huskies football

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 and Tackle from Tampa, Florida

Age: 47

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 ...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 and Defensive end from St. Petersburg, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys

Jeremiah Jerome Ratliff (born August 29, 1981), is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He played college ...more
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Ahtyba Rubin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive lineman from Fort Belvoir

Age: 32

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Ahtyba Rubin ( ah-TAH-bə; born July 25, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL ...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 and Defensive end from New York City, New York

Age: 29

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Boston College Eagles football

Busari Alamu Raji Jr. (born July 11, 1986) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at Boston College. Raji was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the ninth ...more
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Tim Krumrie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Menomonie, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 58

Timothy Alan Krumrie (born May 20, 1960) 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
Nose tackle from Greenville, Mississippi

Age: 34

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans

Antonio Rico Johnson (born December 8, 1984) is an American football nose tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. ...more
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Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Nose tackle from Fort Myers, Florida

Age: 30

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Terrence Bernard Cody, Jr. (born June 28, 1988) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football for the University of Alabama. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens ...more
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Barry Cofield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Nose tackle from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 34

Teams: Washington Redskins, Northwestern Wildcats football, New York Giants

Barry Joseph Cofield, Jr. (born March 19, 1984) is a former American football defensive tackle that played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fourth round ...more
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Rick Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Age: Dec. 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 ...more
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Gilbert Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Nose tackle from Farmington, Michigan

Age: 44

Teams: Green 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 ...more
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Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Tackle and Nose tackle from Dallas, Texas

Age: 58

Teams: San 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 ...more
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Ron Brace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Nose tackle from Springfield, Massachusetts

Age: 29

Teams: New England Patriots, Boston College Eagles football

Ronald Jeffery "Ron" Brace III (December 18, 1986 – April 23, 2016) was an American football nose tackle. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL ...more
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Ma'ake Kemoeatu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Nose tackle from Tonga

Age: 36

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

Ma'ake Tu'amelie Kemoeatu (pronounced [maˈʔake kemoeˈatu]; born January 10, 1979) is a former professional American football player who played as a nose tackle. He was signed by the Ravens as an ...more
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Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive lineman from Clinton, Maryland

Age: 27

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Phillip Eugene Taylor Sr. (born April 7, 1988) is a former American football nose tackle. He was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played college ...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 and Nose tackle from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 46

Russell James Maryland (born March 22, 1969) is a former professional American football player. He played defensive tackle for ten seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay ...more
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Antonio Dixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Nose tackle from Miami, Florida

Age: 33

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles

Antonio Dixon (born July 17, 1985) 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 ...more
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Brandon McKinney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Defensive tackle and Nose tackle from Dayton, Ohio

Age: 32

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

Brandon McKinney (born August 24, 1983) 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 ...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 and Nose tackle from Ozark, Alabama

Age: 29

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Stephen Craine McLendon (born January 3, 1986) is an American football nose tackle for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an ...more
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Dontari Poe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Nose Tackles
Nose tackle from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 25

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

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