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Published: June 29, 2017 at 02:32 p.m.
Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 at 10:05 a.m.

Gil Brandt's greatest NFL defensive tackles of all time

NFL Media senior analyst and personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the greatest defensive tackles in NFL history. Take a look at how they stack up.

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  • Chicago Bears, 1985-1993; Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-1994<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Recorded 29.5 sacks in 138 NFL games 31

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    31. William 'Refrigerator' Perry

    Chicago Bears, 1985-1993; Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-1994
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Recorded 29.5 sacks in 138 NFL games

  • Oakland Raiders, 1996; New Orleans Saints, 1997-2001; Dallas Cowboys, 2002-2005; St. Louis Rams 2006-2008<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; NFL 2000s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; 2000 NFC Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; 2000 NFL sacks leader (17.5)<br>
&raquo; Finished career with 433 tackles, 83.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles 30

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    30. La'Roi Glover

    Oakland Raiders, 1996; New Orleans Saints, 1997-2001; Dallas Cowboys, 2002-2005; St. Louis Rams 2006-2008
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    » 2000 NFC Defensive Player of the Year
    » 2000 NFL sacks leader (17.5)
    » Finished career with 433 tackles, 83.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles

  • San Francisco 49ers, 1994-2007<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; NFL 1990s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Had 89.5 sacks and 618 tackles in 208 career games 29

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    29. Bryant Young

    San Francisco 49ers, 1994-2007
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    » Had 89.5 sacks and 618 tackles in 208 career games

  • Cleveland Browns, 1946-1953<br>
&raquo; One-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1940s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 28

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    28. Bill Willis

    Cleveland Browns, 1946-1953
    » One-time NFL champion
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Baltimore Ravens, 2006-2014; Detroit Lions, 2015-Present<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Started 160 of 162 NFL games<br>
&raquo; Has 29.5 sacks, 491 tackles, 6 forced fumbles and 5 interceptions in 11 NFL seasons 27

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    27. Haloti Ngata

    Baltimore Ravens, 2006-2014; Detroit Lions, 2015-Present
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Started 160 of 162 NFL games
    » Has 29.5 sacks, 491 tackles, 6 forced fumbles and 5 interceptions in 11 NFL seasons

  • Baltimore Ravens, 2013-Present<br>
&raquo; One of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in NFL today<br>
&raquo; Became highest-paid nose tackle in the NFl by signing a five-year, $54 million deal with Ravens in March<br>
&raquo; Has 4.5 sacks and 101 tackles in 55 career games<br> 26

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    26. Brandon Williams

    Baltimore Ravens, 2013-Present
    » One of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in NFL today
    » Became highest-paid nose tackle in the NFl by signing a five-year, $54 million deal with Ravens in March
    » Has 4.5 sacks and 101 tackles in 55 career games

  • Cincinnati Bengals, 1983-1994<br>
&raquo; Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; Recorded 34.5 sacks and 1,017 career tackles<br>
&raquo; Missed only four games (out of 192) in 12-year career 25

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    25. Tim Krumrie

    Cincinnati Bengals, 1983-1994
    » Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » Recorded 34.5 sacks and 1,017 career tackles
    » Missed only four games (out of 192) in 12-year career

  • Detroit Lions, 1958-1970<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1960s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Missed only one game in 12-year career 24

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    24. Alex Karras

    Detroit Lions, 1958-1970
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
    » Missed only one game in 12-year career

  • New England Patriots, 2001-2008; Oakland Raiders, 2009-2012<br>
&raquo; Three-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; NFL 2000s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Logged 57.5 sacks and recorded 496 career tackles 23

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    23. Richard Seymour

    New England Patriots, 2001-2008; Oakland Raiders, 2009-2012
    » Three-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    » Logged 57.5 sacks and recorded 496 career tackles

  • Minnesota Vikings, 1985-1990; Green Bay Packers, 1992; Seattle Seahawks, 1992; Philadelphia Eagles, 1993<br>
&raquo; Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Holds NFL record for most sacks by DT in single season (18)<br>
&raquo; Three double-digit sack seasons<br>
&raquo; Recorded 58 career sacks 22

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    22. Keith Millard

    Minnesota Vikings, 1985-1990; Green Bay Packers, 1992; Seattle Seahawks, 1992; Philadelphia Eagles, 1993
    » Voted to two Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    » NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    » Holds NFL record for most sacks by DT in single season (18)
    » Three double-digit sack seasons
    » Recorded 58 career sacks

  • Houston Oilers, 1985-1995; Dallas Cowboys, 1996<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; NFL-record three fumble recoveries in single game<br>
&raquo; Recorded 76.5 sacks, 861 tackles, and 19 forced fumbles in 12-year NFL career 21

    Anonymous

    21. Ray Childress

    Houston Oilers, 1985-1995; Dallas Cowboys, 1996
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » NFL-record three fumble recoveries in single game
    » Recorded 76.5 sacks, 861 tackles, and 19 forced fumbles in 12-year NFL career

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 1950-1963<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls (1957 Pro Bowl MVP), First Team All-Pro once<br>
&raquo; NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team<br>
&raquo; Recorded 23 fumble recoveries and at time of retirement was the all-time career safeties leader with three<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 20

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    20. Ernie Stautner

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1950-1963
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls (1957 Pro Bowl MVP), First Team All-Pro once
    » NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
    » Recorded 23 fumble recoveries and at time of retirement was the all-time career safeties leader with three
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • San Francisco 49ers, 1950-1963<br>
&raquo; Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1950s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; 49ers' first-ever draft pick<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 19

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    19. Leo Nomellini

    San Francisco 49ers, 1950-1963
    » Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
    » 49ers' first-ever draft pick
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Baltimore Colts, 1950; New York Yanks, 1951; Dallas Texans,
 1952; Baltimore Colts, 1953-1961<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFLchampion<br>
&raquo; Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1950s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 18

    Anonymous

    18. Art Donovan

    Baltimore Colts, 1950; New York Yanks, 1951; Dallas Texans, 1952; Baltimore Colts, 1953-1961
    » Two-time NFLchampion
    » Voted to five Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Cleveland Browns, 1957-1958; Green Bay Packers, 1959-1969<br>
&raquo; Two-time Super Bowl champion, five-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls (1961 Pro Bowl MVP), First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; 21 career fumble recoveries<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 17

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    17. Henry Jordan

    Cleveland Browns, 1957-1958; Green Bay Packers, 1959-1969
    » Two-time Super Bowl champion, five-time NFL champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls (1961 Pro Bowl MVP), First Team All-Pro five times
    » 21 career fumble recoveries
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Chicago Bears 1979-1990<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Made All-Pro as both defensive end and defensive tackle<br>
&raquo; Officially credited with 57 career sacks<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 16

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    16. Dan Hampton

    Chicago Bears 1979-1990
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    » Made All-Pro as both defensive end and defensive tackle
    » Officially credited with 57 career sacks
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • New York Jets, 1977-1987; Indianapolis Colts, 1989<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 1981 AFC Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; Started 145 of 155 NFL games<br>
&raquo; 24 career sacks, 9 fumble recoveries in 10 NFL seasons<br>
&raquo; Anthony Munoz called Klecko "the strongest guy I ever faced." 15

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    15. Joe Klecko

    New York Jets, 1977-1987; Indianapolis Colts, 1989
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 1981 AFC Player of the Year
    » Started 145 of 155 NFL games
    » 24 career sacks, 9 fumble recoveries in 10 NFL seasons
    » Anthony Munoz called Klecko "the strongest guy I ever faced."

  • Minnesota Vikings, 1967-1978; Chicago Bears, 1978-1981<br>
&raquo; Played in four Super Bowls, one-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; 1971 NFL MVP<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Played in 238 consecutive games<br>
&raquo; Had six seasons of double-digit sacks, including 18 in 1976; unofficially finished with 173 career sacks<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 14

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    14. Alan Page

    Minnesota Vikings, 1967-1978; Chicago Bears, 1978-1981
    » Played in four Super Bowls, one-time NFL champion
    » 1971 NFL MVP
    » Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
    » Played in 238 consecutive games
    » Had six seasons of double-digit sacks, including 18 in 1976; unofficially finished with 173 career sacks
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, 2014-Present<br>
&raquo; Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year<br>
&raquo; Set record for fastest recorded 40 time for DT at NFL Scouting Combine<br>
&raquo; Has logged 28 sacks and 116 tackles in his three NFL seasons<br>
&raquo; Voted 15th best player in NFL on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 13

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    13. Aaron Donald

    St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, 2014-Present
    » Voted to three Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
    » Set record for fastest recorded 40 time for DT at NFL Scouting Combine
    » Has logged 28 sacks and 116 tackles in his three NFL seasons
    » Voted 15th best player in NFL on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017

  • Cincinnati Bengals 2010-present
&raquo; Voted to Pro Bowl six times, First Team All-Pro twice<br>
&raquo; 290 career tackles, 61 sacks, and eight forced fumbles 12

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    12. Geno Atkins

    Cincinnati Bengals 2010-present » Voted to Pro Bowl six times, First Team All-Pro twice
    » 290 career tackles, 61 sacks, and eight forced fumbles

  • Detroit Lions, 1960-1966; Los Angeles Rams, 1967-1969<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times<br>
&raquo; Member of the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome"<br>
&raquo; First player in NFL history with playing weight exceeding 300 pounds<br>
&raquo; Sacked Bart Starr seven times (one for a safety) in the famous 1962 "Thanksgiving Day Massacre" 11

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    11. Roger Brown

    Detroit Lions, 1960-1966; Los Angeles Rams, 1967-1969
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro two times
    » Member of the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome"
    » First player in NFL history with playing weight exceeding 300 pounds
    » Sacked Bart Starr seven times (one for a safety) in the famous 1962 "Thanksgiving Day Massacre"

  • Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1974; Houston Texans 1974-1980;
 Detroit Lions, 1980-1981<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time<br>
&raquo; 1975 NFL Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; Unofficially had 68 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in 14 NFL seasons<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 10

    David Durochik/Associated Press

    10. Curley Culp

    Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1974; Houston Texans 1974-1980; Detroit Lions, 1980-1981
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to six Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro one time
    » 1975 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    » Unofficially had 68 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in 14 NFL seasons
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Minnesota Vikings, 1990-2000; Seattle Seahawks, 2001-2003<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times<br>
&raquo; 1997 NFL sacks leader<br>
&raquo; NFL 1990s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Played in 219 career NFL games, recording 137.5 sacks and 556 tackles<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 9

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    9. John Randle

    Minnesota Vikings, 1990-2000; Seattle Seahawks, 2001-2003
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro six times
    » 1997 NFL sacks leader
    » NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    » Played in 219 career NFL games, recording 137.5 sacks and 556 tackles
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Kansas City Chiefs, 1963-1975<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion, two-time AFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times,
 six AFL All-Star games<br>
&raquo; Played in 182 career NFL games, including 166 consecutively<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 8

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    8. Buck Buchanan

    Kansas City Chiefs, 1963-1975
    » One-time Super Bowl champion, two-time AFL champion
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times, six AFL All-Star games
    » Played in 182 career NFL games, including 166 consecutively
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Seattle Seahawks, 1990-2000<br>
&raquo; Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times<br>
&raquo; 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; NFL 1990s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Had 58 sacks and 568 tackles durin 11-year NFL career<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 7

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    7. Cortez Kennedy

    Seattle Seahawks, 1990-2000
    » Voted to eight Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro three times
    » 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    » NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    » Had 58 sacks and 568 tackles durin 11-year NFL career
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • New York Yanks, 2948-1949; New York Giants, 1950-1953<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 6

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    6. Arnie Weinmeister

    New York Yanks, 2948-1949; New York Giants, 1950-1953
    » Two-time NFL champion
    » Voted to four Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1995-2003; Oakland Raiders, 2004-2007<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times<br>
&raquo; 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; NFL All-Decade Team in 1990s and 2000s<br>
&raquo; Recorded 96.5 career sacks, 435 tackles, and 19 forced fumbles<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 5

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    5. Warren Sapp

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1995-2003; Oakland Raiders, 2004-2007
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to seven Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro four times
    » 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    » NFL All-Decade Team in 1990s and 2000s
    » Recorded 96.5 career sacks, 435 tackles, and 19 forced fumbles
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Dallas Cowboys, 1975-1988<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Super Bowl XII co-MVP<br>
&raquo; Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times<br>
&raquo; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team<br>
&raquo; Unofficially recorded 111 sacks (high of 16 in 1978) and 1,104 tackles in 14 NFL seasons<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 4

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    4. Randy White

    Dallas Cowboys, 1975-1988
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Super Bowl XII co-MVP
    » Voted to nine Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times
    » NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
    » Unofficially recorded 111 sacks (high of 16 in 1978) and 1,104 tackles in 14 NFL seasons
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Los Angeles Rams, 1962-1977<br>
&raquo; Voted to 14 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; 1962 NFL Rookie of the Year<br>
&raquo; NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team,Br>
&raquo; Member of two NFL All-Decade Teams (1960s, 1970s)<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 3

    Peter Read Miller/Associated Press

    3. Merlin Olsen

    Los Angeles Rams, 1962-1977
    » Voted to 14 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » 1962 NFL Rookie of the Year
    » NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team,Br> » Member of two NFL All-Decade Teams (1960s, 1970s)
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 1969-1981<br>
&raquo; Four-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times<br>
&raquo; Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year<br>
&raquo; NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team<br>
&raquo; Recorded unofficial 78.5 career sacks and 16 fumble recoveries<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2

    Anonymous

    2. 'Mean' Joe Greene

    Pittsburgh Steelers, 1969-1981
    » Four-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to 10 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro five times
    » Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    » NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
    » Recorded unofficial 78.5 career sacks and 16 fumble recoveries
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Dallas Cowboys, 1961-1974<br>
&raquo; One-time Super Bowl champion<br>
&raquo; Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times<br>
&raquo; NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team<br>
&raquo; member of NFL's All-Decade Teams in 1960s and 1970s<br>
&raquo; Started every game (164) of his 14-year career<br>
&raquo; 29-yard sack of Bob Griese in Super Bowl VI is NFL record and one of the most memorable in Super Bowl history<br>
&raquo; Scored four defensive touchdowns in career<br>
&raquo; Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 1

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    1. Bob Lilly

    Dallas Cowboys, 1961-1974
    » One-time Super Bowl champion
    » Voted to 11 Pro Bowls, First Team All-Pro seven times
    » NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
    » member of NFL's All-Decade Teams in 1960s and 1970s
    » Started every game (164) of his 14-year career
    » 29-yard sack of Bob Griese in Super Bowl VI is NFL record and one of the most memorable in Super Bowl history
    » Scored four defensive touchdowns in career
    » Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame