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The Top Ten Greatest NFL Defensive Ends of all Time

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10.) Ed 'Too Tall' Jones

  • Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1974 to 1978 and from 1980 to 1989.
  • Super Bowl XII Champion
  • 3 Time NFL First Team All Pro (1981, 1982, 1983)

9.) Michael Strahan

  • Michael Strahan played for the New York Giants from 1993 to 2007.
  • Super Bowl XLII Champion
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2001)

8.) Jack Youngblood

  • Jack Youngblood played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1971 to 1984
  • 2 Time NFC Defensive Player of the Year Award (1975, 1976)
  • 3 Time NFL First Team All Pro (1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979)

7.) J.J. Watt

  • J.J. Watt played for the Houston Texans from 2011 to Present.
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Winner (2017)
  • 2 Time NFL Sack Leader (2012, 2015)

6.) Lee Roy Selmon

  • Lee Roy Selmon played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1984.
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (1979)
  • Lombardi Award Winner (1975)

5.) Doug Atkins

  • Doug Atkins played for the Cleveland Browns, the Chicago Bears, and the New Orleans Saints
  • 2 Time NFL Champion (1954, 1963)
  • 8 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965)

4.) Gino Marchetti

  • Gino Marchetti played for the Dallas Texans and the Baltimore Colts.
  • 2 Time NFL Champion (1958, 1959)
  • 9 Time NFL First Team All Pro (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964)

3.) Bruce Smith

  • Bruce Smith played for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins.
  • NFL Record 200 Career Sacks
  • 2 Time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (1990, 1996)

2.) Deacon Jones

  • Deacon Jones played for the Los Angeles Rams, the San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins.
  • 2 Time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Winner (1967, 1968)
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All Time Team

1.) Reggie White

  • Reggie White played for the Memphis Showboats, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers, and the Carolina Panthers.
  • Super Bowl XXXI Champion
  • 13 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)

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