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Defensive Backs

NFL Defensive Backs have a reputation for being mean, hard-hitting guys. And many defensive backs like "Mean" Joe Greene, Dick Butkus and Ronnie Lott were just that.

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Herb Adderley

Herb Adderley played cornerback for nine seasons with the Packers and three more with the Dallas Cowboys. Adderly was known as being one of the best cornerbacks professional football has ever seen. Learn about football legend Herb Adderley.


Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert was named All-Pro seven times in a nine-year span and played in nine straight Pro Bowls. His career was cut short due to a turf toe injury that destroyed much of his speed and agility. See more »

Willie Lanier

Willie Lanier one of the best middle linebackers to play was All-Pro All-AFL or All-AFC every year from 1968-75. He was known for chasing ball carriers down with a ferocity that was unmatched by other players at the time. Learn about Willie Lanier. See more »

Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott had speed strength and a knowledge of the game that set him apart from other defensive backs. He'd sense the direction a play was about to take and disrupt it any way possible. See more »

Joe Greene

Joe Greene went from being unknown to being the most dominating lineman of his time. An integral part of the Steelers defense, Greene was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1969. Read more about the intelligent and friendly Joe Greene. See more »

Jack Ham

Jack Ham was a small linebacker who never expected his career to last for 12 glory-filled years. He retired in 1982 after amassing 32 pass interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries from opponents. See more »

Ray Nitschke

Ray Nitschke was a ruthless middle linebacker but an all-around nice guy off the field. He recovered two fumbles and deflected a pass in the 1962 title game and was named MVP of the game. See more »

Mike Haynes

Mike Haynes managed 46 interceptions during his career, helping him get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made a large impact with the Raiders and played a major role in their title run in 1983. See more »

Ted Hendricks

Ted Hendricks recovered 16 fumbles and intercepted 26 passes in 15 seasons. He retired in 1983 and was later elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991. See more »

Ken Houston

Ken Houston set an NFL record by returning nine interceptions for touchdowns with the Oilers. He earned All-NFC or All-Pro honors seven times and played in 10 Pro Bowls. Discover more about Football Hall of Famer Ken Houston. See more »

Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson was the All-Pro Safety for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an outstanding coverage player, led the league with 10 interceptions in 1966 and retired with a team record of 52 interceptions. See more »