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NFL Defensive Line players are designed for one thing - tackle whoever has the ball by any (legal) means necessary. Sack kings like Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor were fierce competitors.

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Deacon Jones

Deacon Jones is considered by many to be the best defensive end ever to play in the NFL. He was named the NFL's outstanding defensive player twice and elected to play in eight Pro Bowls. Learn more about the innovative David "Deacon" Jones.


Bob Lilly

 Bob Lilly

Bob Lilly, a defensive tackle, was the first Dallas Cowboys player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Learn about the adroit Bob Lilly. See more »

Gino Marchetti

 Gino Marchetti

Gino Marchetti was selected as the best defensive end in the NFL's first 50 years back in 1969. Learn more about All-Pro favorite Gino Marchetti. See more »

Lawrence Taylor

 Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor redefined the linebacker position with his ability to change the outcome of a game. Learn more about Lawrence Taylor. See more »

Leo Nomellini

 Leo Nomellini

Leo Nomellini, born in Lucca, Italy, dominated on both offense and defense. Learn more about the football player and Hall of Famer, Leo Nomellini. See more »

Merlin Olsen

 Merlin Olsen

Defensive tackle Merlin Olsen was with the Rams for eight years and was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times. Learn about football player Merlin Olsen. See more »

Alan Page

 Alan Page

Defensive tackle Alan Page spent 15 years with the NFL before becoming a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Learn more about Alan Page. See more »

Deacon Jones

 Deacon Jones

Deacon Jones is considered by many to be the best defensive end ever to play in the NFL. Learn more about the innovative David “Deacon” Jones. See more »

Reggie White

 Reggie White

Reggie White was a defensive end with one of the best sack records of all time. Learn more about Reggie White's life and NFL career. See more »

Bill Willis

 Bill Willis

Bill Willis was one of the two first African-American players in the AAFC. Learn more about Bill Willis' history-making football career. See more »

Bruce Smith

 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is possibly football's quintessential defensive end. Learn more about Bruce Smith. See more »