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football The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History  

riley.baines
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It's extremely hard to rank top 10 linebackers. There are so many different kind of players at the linebacker position. In a 3-4 defense, the outside linebacker becomes an edge rusher, nearly never in pass coverage. The two middle linebackers play a completely different role. This list will consider all types of these linebackers from the new trend of pass rushing linebackers to your old school hitters hard hitters that played in a 5-2 defense. Regardless of what their role, this list honors some of the hardest hitting and most reliable tacklers ever. These are the top 10 best linebackers in NFL history.

1
683 325
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

2
696 335
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Ray Lewis Linebacker

3
508 360
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

4
501 381
Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Brian Urlacher Linebacker

5
426 350
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History

6
437 368
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Jack Lambert Linebacker

7
371 304
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Patrick Willis Linebacker

8
447 401
James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
James Harrison Outside Linebacker

9
420 372
DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
DeMarcus Ware Defensive end, Linebacker

10
377 335
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

11
384 345
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Derrick Brooks Linebacker

12
320 276
Terrell Suggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Terrell Suggs Outside Linebacker

13
362 340
Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Junior Seau Linebacker

14
320 294
Ray Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Ray Nitschke Linebacker

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15
322 314
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Jack Ham Linebacker

16
244 231
Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Kevin Greene Linebacker

17
175 324
Chuck Bednarik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Chuck Bednarik Linebacker, Center

18
137 253
Ted Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Ted Hendricks Linebacker

19
75 257
Sam Huff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Sam Huff Linebacker

20
89 299
Bobby Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Bobby Bell Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

21
74 263
Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Harry Carson Defensive end, Linebacker

22
84 294
Willie Lanier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Willie Lanier Linebacker

23
82 294
Bill George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Bill George Linebacker

24
84 302
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Nick Buoniconti Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

25
67 253
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top 10 Best Linebackers in NFL History
Joe Schmidt Linebacker