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Reggie White, J.J. Watt among best defenders I've ever seen

Last week, I listed the best offensive players I've seen in five-plus decades of watching pro football. This week, I've turned my attention to the defensive standouts. As was true of the offensive list, this list gives added weight to the impressions left upon me by what I've seen these players do with my own eyes, live. It is not intended to be a comprehensive "best of all time" list; rather, it is designed to reflect my subjective experiences and observations from a lifetime in the NFL. That's not to say these aren't all studs -- between them, the 10 players listed have accounted for 99 Pro Bowl nods and 65 first-team All-Pro honors, with all but the three thus-far-ineligible players having been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here, presented in reverse order, is the list:

Gil Brandt Senior Analyst