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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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