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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.

31 Photos Total

  • Green Bay Packers, 1990-2001<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; 38 career interceptions<br> 31

    David Stluka/Associated Press

    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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 1989-1998; Jacksonville Jaguars, 1999; Baltimore Ravens, 2001<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; 16 career interceptions<br> 30

    Mark Duncan/Associated Press

    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

  • Los Angeles Rams, 1977-1987<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 37 career interceptions<br> 29

    Peter Read Miller/Associated Press

    29. Nolan Cromwell

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

  • San Diego Chargers, 2007-2015; Baltimore Ravens, 2016-present<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 23 career interceptions<br> 28

    Tom Hauck/Associated Press

    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

  • Oakland Raiders, 1971-1979; Houston Oilers, 1980<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; 37 career interceptions<br> 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

  • Denver Broncos, 1981-1994<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; 30 career interceptions<br> 26

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    26. Dennis Smith

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

  • Los Angeles Rams, 1959-1970<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 46 career interceptions<br> 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

  • San Diego Chargers, 1994-2002; New England Patriots, 2003-2008<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 34 career interceptions<br> 24

    Winslow Townson/Associated Press

    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

  • Seattle Seahawks, 2010-present<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; 12 career interceptions<br> 23

    Ryan Kang/Associated Press

    23. Kam Chancellor

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

  • Minnesota Vikings, 1983-1991; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1992<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 37 career interceptions<br> 22

    John W. McDonough/Associated Press

    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

  • Miami Dolphins, 1968-1977<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 34 career interceptions<br> 21

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    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

  • Kansas City Chiefs, 1981-1991<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 50 career interceptions<br> 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

  • Seattle Seahawks, 2010-present<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 23 career interceptions<br> 19

    Butch Dill/Associated Press

    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

  • Dallas Cowboys, 1970-1981<br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to two Pro Bowls<br>
&raquo; 41 career interceptions<br> 18

    Al Messerschmidt Archive/Associated Press

    18. Charlie Waters

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

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1993-2003; Denver Broncos, 2004-2007<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 26 career interceptions<br> 17

    Al Messerschmidt Archive/Associated Press

    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

  • Washington Redskins, 1964-1967; Minnesota Vikings, 1968-1979<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 81 career interceptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 16

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    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

  • St. Louis Cardinals, 1960-1972<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; 52 career interceptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 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

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

  • Detroit Lions, 1951-1958<br>
&raquo; Three-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; 46 career interceptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 13

    Pro Football Hall of Fame via Associated Press

    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

  • Detroit Lions, 1952-1964<br>
&raquo; Three-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 12

    Cliff Welch/Associated Press

    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

  • Philadelphia Eagles, 1996-2008; Denver Broncos, 2009-2011<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; 37 career interceptions<br> 11

    Al Messerschmidt Archive/Associated Press

    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

  • Denver Broncos, 1989-1998; New York Jets, 1999<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 24 career interceptions<br> 10

    David Durochik/Associated Press

    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

  • &raquo; Kansas City Chiefs, 2010-present<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, three-time First Team All-Pro<br>
&raquo; 427 tackles, 14 interceptions, 50 passes defensed, five defensive touchdowns in seven NFL seasons 9

    Ric Tapia/NFL

    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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-1987<br>
&raquo; Four-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 51 career interceptions<br> 8

    Al Messerschmidt Archive/Associated Press

    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

  • Seattle Seahawks, 1981-1987<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 32 career interceptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 7

    Al Messerschmidt Archive/Associated Press

    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

  • Dallas Cowboys, 1970-1979<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 29 career interceptions<br> 6

    NFL Photos/Associated Press

    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

  • San Francisco 49ers, 1981-1990; Oakland Raiders, 1991-1992; New York Jets, 1993-1994<br>
&raquo; Four-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; 63 career interceptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 5

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    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

  • Baltimore Ravens, 2002-2012; Houston Texans, 2013; New York Jets, 2013<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; 64 career interceptions<br> 4

    Nick Wass/Associated Press

    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

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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 2003-2014<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; 32 career interceptions<br> 2

    Scott Boehm/Associated Press

    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

  • New York Giants, 1948-1958; Green Bay Packers, 1959-1961<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; 79 career interceptions<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1

    Associated Press

    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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