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Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Dick Butkus Report Abuse
He went to the Pro Bowl 8 consecutive times, and was one of the most feared defenders of all time. Experts believe if his career hadn't been cut short by injuries he could've been the greatest of all time.
563 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 7 comments
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Best of monsters of the midway
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This list all depends on how you compare eras. Great for his era,but keeping it honest probably would not make NFL team today.
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everyone was scared of him...and for good reason.
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Rings are NOT a measure of a player. They are a measure of a TEAM.
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Dick Butkus was the best ever. There's no way around it. He was great on the blitz, he was great in coverage, and he was an absolute BEAST in the run game.
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A great player for 5 years but the last 4 were played on heart and reputation . Injuries snuffed out a great career and because of that, does not merit being ahead of Lanier or Taylor. Ham and Lambert were terrific but really not top 10 players at this position.
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NO RINGS,great but not the greatest by any means.
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Willie Lanier Report Abuse
452 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 2 comments
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Helmet had a shock absorbing foam pad designed to protect him from concusssions-not to reinforce the helmet ( made by MacGregor).
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Lanier was flat out brutal. His helmet had a raised plastic portion in the middle to re-inforce it
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Jack Lambert Report Abuse
Had almost 1,500 career tackles in helping the Steelers to 4 Superbowl championships in the 70s. Was named to 9 consecutive Pro Bowls. What the stats don't show was that he was such a hard hitting violent maniac on the field opposing players questioned his sanity and actually feared for their safety when he was out there.
413 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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The Players did Fear him he was not one of these 250 LB linebackers, he was just the best
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Lawrence Taylor Report Abuse
Revolutionized the position with his speed and versatility. Forced opposing teams to adjust their whole offensive scheme to deal with him. Won 2 Superbowl Championships, and an NFL MVP award (very rare for a defensive player). He totaled over 1,000 tackles and had a whopping 142 sacks.
275 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 6 comments
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He would have been delt with much easier in todats game. Do you honestly think he would have lined up on the edge and teams would have let him run freely and just hope the back picks him up.
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Great LB, but total joke when compared to Reggie White as greatest pass rusher. Reggie almost ALWAYS got doubled by two 300lb O-lineman, while LT went against one RB or FB.
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You actually think he was the first defensive player that required opposition to alter their game plans? Educate yourself.
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"only player on this list that required an entire gameplan designed to deal with...." what are you? 12? matbe not, but you ARE ignorant.
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The most dominating player of his era.ONLY player on this list that required an entire game plan designed to deal with him.To vote him lower than #1 is a result of your prejudice and not any knowledge on your part of the game.
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take away his coke and his not better than lanier.
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Bobby Bell Report Abuse
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Chuck Bednarik Report Abuse
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Bill Bergey Report Abuse
126 points - added 7 years ago by redbarron80 - 1 comment
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too low on this list
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Jack Ham Report Abuse
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Ray Lewis Report Abuse
97 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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higher comon best linebacker of alltime
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Ray Nitschke Report Abuse
A tough guy legend from the early days of football, Ray was the linchpin and captain of a Packers defense that won 5 NFL Championships and the first two Superbowls.
95 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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If you ask Butkus who he thinks was the toughest, he will say Nitschke
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Ted Hendricks Report Abuse
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Derrick Brooks Report Abuse
Outstanding leader, tackler, pass defender, and blitzer. He was the leader of the Tampa Bay defense during their super bowl run and dynasty defense years. 9 times all pro, 11 pro bowls, pro bowl mvp, super bowl champion, team captain just to mention some honors..
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Mike Singletary Report Abuse
We all remember the Crazy-Eyed captain of the 1985 Bears defense, one of the greatest of all time. Singletary was the picture of durability and production, registering 1,488 career tackles while missing only 2 games in his entire career.
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Seth Joiner Report Abuse
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Derrick Thomas Report Abuse
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Brian Urlacher Report Abuse
Played Safety in College but was TOO BIG to be a safety in the NFL so the bears moved him to linebacker and he is one of the most feared linebackers in today's game
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Junior Seau Report Abuse
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ray nitscke Report Abuse
62 points - added 9 years ago by 14nehlin - 1 comment
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You have him in here twice
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mike curtis Report Abuse
top 20 at least secon best linebacker to wear a baltimore jersey
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Bill Romanowski Report Abuse
This guy was a beast on the field. Lots of controversy but no one messed with him.
53 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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over rated
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Sam Huff Report Abuse
46 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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Should be in top 10
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Zach Thomas Report Abuse
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Clay mathews Report Abuse
43 points - added 9 years ago by 14nehlin - 2 comments
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He is going to be one of the best
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big play clay!!1
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Cornelius Bennett Report Abuse
Bennett was a five time Pro Bowler, being elected in 1988, and 1990–1993, and won the AFC Defensive Player of the Year award twice (1988 and 1991). 1,190 Tackles, 71.5 Sacks and 7 Interceptions
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Seth Joyner Report Abuse
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Kevin Greene Report Abuse
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Ricky Jackson Report Abuse
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Harry Carson Report Abuse
31 points - added 10 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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My favorite for his intensity, intelligence and character
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Patrick Willis Report Abuse
Obviously AWESOME
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Tommy Nobis Report Abuse
Great Linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons
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Andre Tippett Report Abuse
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randy gradishar Report Abuse
underated leader of on of the greatest defenses in nfl history orange crrush
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Robert Brazile Report Abuse
Brazile was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons, was All-Pro 5 straight seasons (1976-80)[5] and was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He is the only linebacker from the 1970s All-Decade Team not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Andy Russell Report Abuse
he was a out standing LB during his Nfl career
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Joey Porter Report Abuse
he is great
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Nick Buoniconti Report Abuse
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Jessie Tuggle Report Abuse
average well over 100 tackles during his career.
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Christopher Green Report Abuse
silent killer
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Dave Wilcox Report Abuse
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Roy Winston Report Abuse
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Greg Lloyd Report Abuse
Ask Marino he will tell. Just plain nasty banner at old three rivers enough said
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Isaiah Robertson Report Abuse
L.T. learned his craft by watching The Rams OLB
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Bill Report Abuse
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Christiano Ronaldo Report Abuse
-13 points - added 9 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Does CR7 play football americano
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