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Published: July 5, 2017 at 01:27 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2017 at 04:17 p.m.

Gil Brandt's greatest NFL safeties of all time

NFL.com senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the greatest safeties in football history. Take a look at how all 31 of his selections stack up.

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  • 31. LeRoy Butler 31

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    31. LeRoy Butler

    Green Bay Packers, 1990-2001
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » 38 career interceptions

  • 30. Carnell Lake 30

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    30. Carnell Lake

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1989-1998; Jacksonville Jaguars, 1999; Baltimore Ravens, 2001
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » 16 career interceptions

  • 29. Nolan Cromwell 29

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    29. Nolan Cromwell

    Los Angeles Rams, 1977-1987
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 37 career interceptions

  • 28. Eric Weddle 28

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    28. Eric Weddle

    San Diego Chargers, 2007-2015; Baltimore Ravens, 2016-present
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 23 career interceptions

  • 27. Jack Tatum 27

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    27. Jack Tatum

    Oakland Raiders, 1971-1979; Houston Oilers, 1980
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls
    » 37 career interceptions

  • 26. Dennis Smith 26

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    26. Dennis Smith

    Denver Broncos, 1981-1994
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls
    » 30 career interceptions

  • 25. Ed Meador 25

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    25. Ed Meador

    Los Angeles Rams, 1959-1970
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 46 career interceptions

  • 24. Rodney Harrison 24

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    24. Rodney Harrison

    San Diego Chargers, 1994-2002; New England Patriots, 2003-2008
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 34 career interceptions

  • 23. Kam Chancellor 23

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    23. Kam Chancellor

    Seattle Seahawks, 2010-present
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls
    » 12 career interceptions

  • 22. Joey Browner 22

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    22. Joey Browner

    Minnesota Vikings, 1983-1991; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1992
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 37 career interceptions

  • 21. Dick Anderson 21

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    21. Dick Anderson

    Miami Dolphins, 1968-1977
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 34 career interceptions

  • 20. Deron Cherry – Kansas City Chiefs 20

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    20. Deron Cherry – Kansas City Chiefs

    Kansas City Chiefs, 1981-1991
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 50 career interceptions

  • 19. Earl Thomas 19

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    19. Earl Thomas

    Seattle Seahawks, 2010-present
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 23 career interceptions

  • 18. Charlie Waters 18

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    18. Charlie Waters

    Dallas Cowboys, 1970-1981
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to two Pro Bowls
    » 41 career interceptions

  • 17. John Lynch 17

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    17. John Lynch

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1993-2003; Denver Broncos, 2004-2007
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 26 career interceptions

  • 16. Paul Krause 16

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    16. Paul Krause

    Washington Redskins, 1964-1967; Minnesota Vikings, 1968-1979
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 81 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 15. Larry Wilson 15

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    15. Larry Wilson

    St. Louis Cardinals, 1960-1972
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » 52 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 14. Willie Wood 14

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    14. Willie Wood

    Green Bay Packers, 1960-1971
    » Five-time NFL champion, two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » 48 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 13. Jack Christiansen 13

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    13. Jack Christiansen

    Detroit Lions, 1951-1958
    » Three-time NFL champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » 46 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 12. Yale Lary 12

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    12. Yale Lary

    Detroit Lions, 1952-1964
    » Three-time NFL champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 11. Brian Dawkins 11

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    11. Brian Dawkins

    Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2008; Denver Broncos, 2009-2011
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » 37 career interceptions

  • 10. Steve Atwater 10

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    10. Steve Atwater

    Denver Broncos, 1989-1998; New York Jets, 1999
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 24 career interceptions

  • 9. Eric Berry 9

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    9. Eric Berry

    » Kansas City Chiefs, 2010-present
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro
    » 427 tackles, 14 interceptions, 50 passes defensed, five defensive touchdowns in seven NFL seasons

  • 8. Donnie Shell 8

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    8. Donnie Shell

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-1987
    » Four-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 51 career interceptions

  • 7. Kenny Easley 7

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    7. Kenny Easley

    Seattle Seahawks, 1981-1987
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 32 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 6. Cliff Harris 6

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    6. Cliff Harris

    Dallas Cowboys, 1970-1979
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 29 career interceptions

  • 5. Ronnie Lott 5

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    5. Ronnie Lott

    San Francisco 49ers, 1981-1990; Oakland Raiders, 1991-1992; New York Jets, 1993-1994
    » Four-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » 63 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 4. Ed Reed 4

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    4. Ed Reed

    Baltimore Ravens, 2002-2012; Houston Texans, 2013; New York Jets, 2013
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » 64 career interceptions

  • 3. Ken Houston 3

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    3. Ken Houston

    Houston Oilers, 1967-1972; Washington Redskins, 1973-1980
    » Voted to 12 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 49 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 2. Troy Polamalu 2

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    2. Troy Polamalu

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 2003-2014
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » 32 career interceptions

  • 1. Emlen Tunnell 1

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    1. Emlen Tunnell

    New York Giants, 1948-1958; Green Bay Packers, 1959-1961
    » Two-time NFL champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » 79 career interceptions
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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