My Big NFL 5: Defensive Linemen

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December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former player Warren Sapp is introduced during the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Super Bowl champions during halftime at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

3. Warren Sapp (Buccaneers/Raiders)

Warren Sapp is one of the greatest defensive tackles ever. In a position not really known for sacks, more for stopping the run, Sapp recorded over 95 career sacks. He was also a solid tackler, recording almost 600 at the defensive tackle position. He was also solid at forcing fumbles, knocking the ball loose 19 times. This year, in his first year of eligibility, Sapp will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

July 23, 2012; Bethlehem, PA. USA; A pictures of former Philadelphia Eagles player Reggie White is displayed outside the facility at Lehigh University. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

2. Reggie White (Eagles/Packers/Panthers)

After a nice college career, Reggie White was signed by the USFL’s Memphis Showboats, where he spent two seasons before the collapse of the USFL. He was signed by the Eagles shortly after the collapse in 1985, and went on to have a Hall of Fame Career. He spent 8 seasons with the Eagles, accumulating 124 sacks, which was more than the number of games he played with them. He went on to spent six seasons with the Packers, picking up another 68.5 sacks, a Super Bowl title, and the 1998 NFL Defensive Player of the year award. He would play for the Panthers for a year until retiring in 2000. Tragically, he died in 2004. He would posthumously inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

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  • 3kolu

    I’m a Jared Allen fan as well. Last year he played with a bad shoulder and he still racked up 12 sacks. If he stays healthy this year and the team can get off to fast starts, I look for him to reclaim the respect he deserves. 20 sacks is not out of the question for this guy. I really believe he is a double digit sack producer for the next 4-5 years, he’s just that good. I believe he is the best 4-3 LDE in the league. He is also a beast versus the run. He is elite when it comes to fumbles caused and blocked passes during his tenure as well.

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