He won the 1997 Super Bowl, which was his only title. Trademarked as the “Monster of the Midway,” he truly inspired the defensive culture of the Chicago Bears for years to come with players like Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. He was one of the most feared pass rushers of his time. Following his playing career, Brown also coached the defensive backfield in Oakland for 26 years. Known for one of the best franchise defenses in the NFL, Dick Butkus created the nasty and aggressive defensive playing styles for the Chicago Bears. He won all six of them with the New England Patriots, as they won in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, and 2018. What were the factors I used to pick these great players? Carson was a nine time Pro Bowl selection and a six time All-Pro. Peyton Manning has over 500 passing touchdowns in his career, and over 70,000 passing touchdowns. Singletary was a ten time Pro Bowler and nine time All-Pro selection in his 12 years with the Bears. Brian Urlacher carries on the great tradition of outstanding inside linebackers for the Chicago Bears. In 14 seasons in the NFL, Ronnie Lott had 1,146 tackles, 63 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries, and five touchdowns. In his first eleven years with the Vikings, Page led the defense known as The Purple People Eaters. He was a sure tackler and an outstanding field leader for his team. What defensive player has won the most super bowls? The only thing Tarkenton couldn’t do was win a Super Bowl, but took Minnesota to four of them. His incredible pass rushing ability dominated the game and changed pass blocking schemes forever. Over that fourteen year period, Nomellini never missed a game. Mike Singletary was considered undersized by the NFL scouts. Reggie White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Derrick Brooks was one of the most productive linebackers of his time. This brings his rushing yards to over 13,000. He utilized his tremendous size and strength with speed that was uncommon for a man that big. He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Injuries cut his career short, after nine incredible years. Lambert was an aggressive tackler, who was adept at either avoiding blockers or powering right through them to get to the ball carrier. His confidence to celebrate while running to the end zone for a pick-six made him one of the most iconic and memorable players to play in the NFL. Team: New England Patriots. There are two iconic statistics here about Deion Sanders: career interception yards and career touchdowns. During his playing days, middle linebacker Jack Lambert was one of the most gritty, hard nosed players in the NFL. He also won Defensive Player of the Year just two years later. Known for his durability, toughness and leadership ability, Junior Seau will undoubtedly be a Hall of Fame selection, when eligible. Lane was one of the first defensive backs that struck fear into opposing receivers with his aggressive style of play. Jack Lambert was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. Jimmy Johnson was a tremendous athlete and utilized his speed, leaping ability and understanding of the game to excel at the cornerback position. Joe Greene anchored the defense that literally seemed like an impenetrable curtain of steel to opposing offenses. Most teams would take the interception and knee the ball down to let their offense take the field, but not Deion Sanders’ Atlanta Falcons. He won two Super Bowls, and also a league MVP award. In 1993, Woodson was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He is a devastating hitter and sure tackler. A leader of the Bear defense, Urlacher is known for his hard hitting and intense demeanor. He was the first African-American elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Brady will also go down as one of the best late-round picks in NFL draft history. There may have been some cornerbacks blessed with more speed than Mel Blount. Chuck Bednarik was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Ernie Stautner was a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Lewis is a tough, physical linebacker who also makes his teammates better by the sheer will of his personality. Who has the most career interceptions? Sanders also was an above average punt and kick returner, as well. Peterson also lost a year to an ACL, then came back to rush for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, White's life was cut short, as he passed away at the age of 43, only four years after his retirement from the NFL. He was a dominant pass rusher, as his three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards confirm. In his 15 year NFL career, Reggie White played for three teams, the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers. However, very few combined both skills better than this great Pittsburgh Steeler cornerback. After his career with the Eagles, he won a super bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1997. He played some wide receiver early in his career and also excelled on special teams as a return man. He was consistent everywhere he played, but his time in Dallas was absurd. Running backs take over most of the first ten, and then we start to really get into some tough calls. He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year a record three times. In 1986, Ronnie Lott had his pinky finger amputated so that he could eliminate the extensive time needed to reconstruct his finger with surgery. Charles Haley has won five super bowls in his career as a linebacker. He was an all-pro six times, and won Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. Troy Polamau was an eight-time Pro Bowler, and was also named all-pro four times. These are my very deserving Honorable Mention players. He led the defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was known as the Steel Curtain. He utilized his excellent speed and coverage skills to account for 68 career interceptions, which is fourth all time. His nickname was "Contact" because of his hard hits on the opposition. He also returned two punts, one kickoff and one missed field goal to account for his eleven touchdowns. Only two other defensive players in the history of the league have won the award, Lawrence Taylor  in 1986 and Andy Robustelli in 1962.

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