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The Top Ten Greatest NFL Outside Linebackers of all Time

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10.) Andre Tippett

  • Andre Tippett played for the New England Patriots from 1982 to 1993.
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (1985)
  • 5 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)

9.) Cornelius Bennett

  • Cornelius Bennett played for the Indianapolis Colts, the Buffalo Bills, and the Atlanta Falcons.
  • 5 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 3 Time NFL First Team All Pro (1988, 1991, 1992)

8.) Derrick Thomas

  • Derrick Thomas played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989 to 1999.
  • NFL Man of the Year Award (1993)
  • NFL Sacks Leader (1990)

7.) Terrell Suggs

  • Terrell Suggs played for the Baltimore Ravens, the Arizona Cardinals, and now the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Super Bowl XLVII champion
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (2011)
  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award (2003)

6.) Rickey Jackson

  • Rickey Jackson played for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Super Bowl XXIX champion
  • New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Inductee

5.) Demarcus Ware

  • Demarcus Ware played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos
  • 2 Time NFL sacks leader (2008, 2010)
  • 2 Time Butkus Award (2008, 2011)

4.) Kevin Greene

  • Kevin Greene played for the Los Angeles Rams, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Carolina Panthers, and the San Francisco 49ers.
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (1996)
  • 2 Time NFL sacks leader (1994, 1996)

3.) Jack Ham

  • Jack Ham played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1971 to 1982.
  • 4 Time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (1975)

2.) Derrick Brooks

  • Derrick Brooks played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1995 to 2008.
  • Super Bowl Champion (XXXVII)
  • Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (2000)

1.) Lawrence Taylor

  • Lawrence Taylor played for the New York Giants from 1981 to 1993.
  • 2 Time Super Bowl Champion (XXI, XXV)
  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1986)

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