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List of Famous Football Offensive tackles

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

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  • 1
    Warren Sapp

    Warren Sapp

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

    Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle. A... more on Wikipedia

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    #5 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time#9 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

  • 2
    Orlando Pace

    BirthplaceSandusky, Ohio

    Age44

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    Orlando Lamar Pace (born November 4, 1975) is a former professional American football player... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Gary Zimmerman

    BirthplaceFullerton, California

    Age58

    Gary Wayne Zimmerman (born December 13, 1961) is a former American football offensive tackle... more on Wikipedia

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    Bruce Matthews

    Bruce Matthews

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Age59

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    Bruce Rankin Matthews (born August 8, 1961) is a former American football offensive lineman... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Leon Lett

    Leon Lett

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Age51

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Emporia State Hornets football, Dallas Cowboys

    Leon Lett Jr. (born October 12, 1968) is a former American football defensive tackle and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Manny Fernandez

    Manny Fernandez

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Age69

    Manuel Jose Fernandez (born July 3, 1946) is a former American football player of who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Dan Dierdorf

    Dan Dierdorf

    Tackle, Offensive Lineman

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Age71

    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, St. Louis Cardinals

    Daniel Lee Dierdorf (born June 29, 1949) is an American sportscaster and former football... more on Wikipedia

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    #14 of 87 The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time#8 of 35 Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 8
    Leo Nomellini

    Leo Nomellini

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceLucca, Italy

    AgeDied at 76 (1924-2000)

    Leo Joseph Nomellini (June 19, 1924 – October 17, 2000) was a Hall of Fame American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Rayfield Wright

    BirthplaceGriffin, Georgia

    Age75

    Larry Rayfield Wright (born August 23, 1945) is a former American football player, an... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Ron Yary

    Ron Yary

    Tackle

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age74

    TeamsUSC Trojans football

    Anthony Ronald Yary (born July 16, 1946) is a former professional American football offensive... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Larry Allen

    Larry Allen

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Age48

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Sonoma State Seawolves football, Dallas Cowboys

    Larry Christopher Allen Sr. (born November 27, 1971) is a former American football guard who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Jim Parker

    Jim Parker

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceMacon, Georgia

    AgeDied at 71 (1934-2005)

    James Thomas Parker (April 3, 1934 – July 18, 2005) was an American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Bryant Young

    Bryant Young

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceChicago Heights, Illinois

    Age48

    Bryant Colby Young (born January 27, 1972) is a former American football defensive tackle for... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jim Burt

    Jim Burt

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceOrchard Park, New York

    Age61

    James P. Burt (born June 7, 1959 in Orchard Park, New York) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    George Connor

    George Connor

    Tackle, Offensive Lineman

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    AgeDied at 78 (1925-2003)

    George Leo Connor (January 21, 1925 – March 31, 2003) was an American football player for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Duane Brown

    Duane Brown

    Tackle

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    Age35

    TeamsHouston Texans

    Duane Anthony Brown (born August 30, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Eric Winston

    BirthplaceMidland, Texas

    Age36

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs

    Eric Joseph Winston (born November 17, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Art Shell

    Art Shell

    Tackle

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Age73

    Arthur Lee Shell Jr. (born November 26, 1946) is an American former professional football... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    David Stewart

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    Age38

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    David Stewart (born August 28, 1982) is a former American football offensive tackle in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Jonathan Ogden

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Age46

    TeamsUCLA Bruins football, Baltimore Ravens

    Jonathan Phillip Ogden (born July 31, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Walter Jones

    Walter Jones

    Tackle

    BirthplaceAliceville, Alabama

    Age46

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Walter Jones Jr. (born January 19, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle who... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Willie Roaf

    Willie Roaf

    Tackle

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas

    Age50

    William Layton Roaf (born April 18, 1970), nicknamed "Nasty," is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Forrest Gregg

    Forrest Gregg

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceBirthright, Texas, Texas

    Age86

    Alvis Forrest Gregg (October 18, 1933 – April 12, 2019) was an American football player and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Harris Barton

    Harris Barton

    Tackle, Offensive Lineman

    BirthplaceSandy Springs, Georgia

    Age56

    Harris Scott Barton (born April 19, 1964) is a fund manager and a former All-Pro American... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Joe Jacoby

    Joe Jacoby

    Tackle, Offensive Lineman

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Age61

    Joseph Erwin Jacoby (born July 6, 1959) is a former American football offensive lineman for... more on Wikipedia