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The Top Ten Greatest NFL Safties of all Time

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10.) Larry Wilson

  • Larry Wilson played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960 to 1972.
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (1966)
  • NFL Interception Leader (1966)

9.) Willie Wood

  • Willie Wood played for the Green Bay Packers from 1960 to 1971.
  • 5 Time NFL Champion (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)
  • NFL Interception Leader (1962)

8.) Jack Christiansen

  • Jack Christiansen played for the Detroit Lions from 1951 to 1958.
  • 3 Time NFL Champion (1952, 1953, 1957)
  • 2 Time NFL Interception Leader (1953, 1957)

7.) Cliff Harris

  • Cliff Harris played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1970 to 1979.
  • 2 Time Super Bowl Champion (VI, XII)
  • 4 Time NFL First Team All Pro (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)

6.) Yale Lary

  • Yale Lary played for the Detroit Lions from 1952 – 1953 and 1956 – 1964.
  • 3 Time NFL Champion (1952, 1953, 1957)
  • 9 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964)

5.) Brian Dawkins

  • Brian Dawkins played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Denver Broncos.
  • Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 9 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011)

4.) Ed Reed

  • Ed Reed played for the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans, and the New York Jets.
  • Super Bowl XLVII Champion
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (2004)

3.) Ken Houston

  • Ken Houston played for the Houston Oilers and the Washington Redskins.
  • 2 Time NFL First Team All Pro (1975, 1978)
  • 12 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)

2.) Emlen Tunnell

  • Emlen Tunnell played for the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.
  • 2 Time NFL Champion (1956, 1961)
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All Time Team

1.) Ronnie Lott

  • Ronnie Lott played for the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Raiders, and the New York Jets.
  • 4 Time Super Bowl Champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • 2 Time NFL Interception Leader (1986, 1991)

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