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Paul Krause Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Redskin and Viking S was a 8× Pro Bowl selection - 8× All-Pro selection - NFL Record 81 career interceptions
2135 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 7 comments
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Laughable
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Comparisons between Krause and Housten are not apt because Housten's career was defined at strong safety while Krause was a free safety. Also Krause played only 4 years in Washington; he's remembered as a Viking, playing 12 years there.
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Wow. All time interception leader and he's not even in the top 20? Who the hell votes on this page?
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There's something fishy going on on this page.First some idiot with no real footballl knowledge knocks Krause down with some dubious method of making more votes than you're supposed to be able to tally at one time, then another idiot does the same and puts Krause at #1. He's top ten maybe only tenth. Not 33rd.
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I don't think he's number 1 either. But I know he doesn't ever get the credit he deserves.
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Interceptions are not the only criteria for the best Defensive Back. Mr. Krause never won a Super Bowl. He wasn't even the best Safety that the Redskins have had. Ken Houston was named to 1970 All Decade Team over Krause. Plus Houston was on the 75 Anniversary Team had 4 more All Pro Selection and is higher on the all time Redskin rating. Krause is top 10 material but not number 1
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81 interceptions. the ball has to be thrown before you even have a chance to intercept it and he was playing when they threw a heck of a lot less than they do today.
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Ronnie Lott Report Abuse
Hall of Fame 49er, Raider and Jet CB/S - 10× Pro Bowl selection - 8× First Team All-Pro - 4× Super Bowl champion - NFL 75th Anniversary All -Time Team - NFL 1980s All-Decade Team - NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
2118 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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Lott made the pro bowl at all 3 defensive back positions--cornerback, free safety, and strong safety. He was an all pro at cornerback as well as free safety.
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Darrell Green Report Abuse
"Hall of Fame Redskin CB - 7× Pro Bowl selection - 4× All-Pro selection - 2× Super Bowl Champion - NFL 1990s All-Decade Team "
2067 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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My favorite player ever, but not a better corner then D.Sanders and not the entire package a Rod Woodson was.
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Rod Woodson Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Steeler, 49er, Raven and Raider CB/S - 11× Pro Bowl selection - 6× First-team All-Pro selection - Super Bowl champion - NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
2064 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 4 comments
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how the heck is Rod Woodson only fourth! Oh yeah, and what is Deion Sanders doing at 16!
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Woodson was a pro bowler at cornerback, free safety, and kick returner.
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#3 in career interceptions!! Absolute BEAST
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Eleven pro bowls and all time team!
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Ken Houston Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Oiler and Redskin SS - 12× Pro Bowl selection - NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
2063 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 2 comments
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really?
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Houston could cover receivers like a cornerback and play the run like a linebacker. Prototype strong safety
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Dick "Night Train" Lane Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Ram, Cardinel and Lion was a 7× Pro Bowl selection - 6× First-team All-Pro selection - 4× Second-team All-Pro selection - NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - NFL 1950s All-Decade Team - NFL record 14 interceptions in one season
2062 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 2 comments
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Greatest of all time. This is a joke. The originator of the phrase "island" and no one has done it the same since.
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A beast!
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Yale Lary Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Lion was a 9× Pro Bowl selection - 9× All-Pro selection -NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
2031 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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Yale was a kicker wasn't he??
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Emlen Tunnell Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Gaint and Packer S was a 9× Pro Bowl selection - 8× All-Pro selection - 2× NFL champion - NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
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Mike Haynes Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Patriot and Raider CB was a 9× Pro Bowl selection - NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
2014 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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Ranked higher then Sanders? LOL
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Larry Wilson Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Cardinel FS was a 8× Pro Bowl selection - 8× All-Pro selection - NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - NFL 1970s All-Decade Team - NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
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Willie Wood Report Abuse
Undrafted Hall of Fame Packer FS - 8× Pro Bowl selection - 5× First-team All-Pro selection - 3× NFL champion - 2× Super Bowl champion - NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
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Kenny Easley Report Abuse
This Seahawk Strong Safety played only 7 years before kidney disease prematurely ended his career. 5× Pro Bowl selection - 4× First-team All-Pro selection -1× Second-team All-Pro selection - NFL 1980s All-Decade Team - 1984 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Bill Walsh said of him "He'd be a Hall of Fame player (had he played longer). Maybe he still is. He was that good."
1863 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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He would be top 2 if his kidneys hadn't failed..
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Roger Wehrli Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Cardinel CB was a 7× Pro Bowl selection -5× First-team All-Pro selection - NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
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Herb Adderley Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Packer and Cowboy CB was 5× Pro Bowl selection - 4× First Team All-Pro selection - NFL 1960s All-Decade Team - 3x Super Bowl Champion
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Lem Barney Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Lion CB was a 7× Pro Bowl selection - 7× All-Pro selection - NFL 1960s All-Decade Team - Sang back-up on Marvin Gaye's song "What's Going On"
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Deion Sanders Report Abuse
This Falcon, 49er, Cowboy, Redskin and Raven CB is a 8× Pro Bowl selection - 6× First Team All-Pro selection - 2× Super Bowl champion - NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
1590 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 12 comments
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with a name like primetime.....you know he was the real deal! people are judging him because he is outspoken and flashy, but the guy can simply play, only guy to get open on him was Jerry Rice(he was pretty good). his job was to cover. and allow the safety to his side to roam free and support the run. #16 is a discrace to his ability and what he did for every corner to follow him
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Im 49 years old, I have never in my life seen a CB shut down an entire side of the field, ever. I get it, a lot of people don't like the guy, he is still the best cover corner that ever played, period.
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Deon should definately be in top 5. The only corner I've seen to shut down his whole side of field. I agree he has less int's simply bc QB's were scared to throw his way.... PERIOD!!!!
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Anyone saying Deion shouldn't be in the top 5 has never watched football.
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Who doesn't put Prime time in the top 10? Ridiculous!!
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He would have more picks if coaches weren't scared to throw the ball to the guy he was sticking. FIRST SHUT DOWN CORNER EVER!
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he is top 5 easy...the only true shutdown corner to ever play the game
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He should definately be top 5! my stepdad says Troy Polamolu is better can you beleive that?!
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You got to be kidding me...Top 5 guy hands down. Whoever left the comment about his stats is probably 17yrs old and never saw him play. First "shutdown corner", quarterbacks simply didn't throw to his side of the field. Not to mention biggest playmaker of his time (other than Barry Sanders).
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How is he not top 10? He has less ints because nobody threw his way some people say he is the only true shutdown corner to play the game
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Look a Deion's stats he is a BUM compared to the people above him and I think Champ Bailey should be ranked higher than him too
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Are you crazy- PRIME TIME is clearly in the top 10... SB
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Jimmy Johnson Report Abuse
Hall of Fame 49er CB/S was 5x Pro Bowl - NFL 1970s All-Decade Team - Brother of Olympic Gold metal decathlete Rafer Johnson. Dan Wetzel named him as the best cornerback never to play in a Super Bowl.
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Jack Christiansen Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Lion S in an eight year career was a 5× Pro Bowl selection - 6× First-Team All-Pro selection - NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
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Mel Blount Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Steeler CB - 5× Pro Bowl selection - 4× First-team All-Pro selection - 4× Super Bowl champion - NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team - NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
1460 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 7 comments
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just look at the highlights and the stats or the 1978 rules changes or the four rings on his fingers
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Very complete defensive back and also returned punts
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should definately be higher
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Top three definately if not number one!
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this is number one!!! the reason for all the db rules 2day are because of this man!
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It's criminal that Blount is this low
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The best on the greatest team of all time!
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Mel Renfro Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Cowboy CB/S - 5× All-Pro selection - 10× Pro Bowl selection - Super Bowl Champion
1456 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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Highly underrated because he covered so well he rarely got interceptions b/c the ball didn't come to him.
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Ed Reed Report Abuse
This active Raven FS hold the NFL's record for longest interception return (108 yards) . - 6× Pro Bowl selection - 6× All-Pro selection - AP NFL Defensive Player of Year - NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
1364 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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Bill Belichick called him the greatest free safety to ever play the game. Covers an unprecedented amount of ground in pass defense. Great hands. Gained over 1200 yards on interception returns and still in prime.
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Champ Bailey Report Abuse
This active Redskin and Bronco CB is a 9× Pro Bowl selection - 3× First-team All-Pro selection - NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
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Emmitt Thomas Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Chief CB was a 5× Pro Bowl selection - Super Bowl Champion as player - 2x Super Bowl as WR-DB coach - Coached HOF CB Darrell Green
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Willie Brown Report Abuse
Hall of Fame Bronco and Raider CB was a 5× AFL All-Star Game selection - 4× Pro Bowl selection - AFL All-Time Team (1960s All-Decade) - NFL 1970s All-Decade Team - American Football League Champion - Super bowl Champion
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Jack Tatum Report Abuse
This Raider and Oiler hard hitting FS was a - 3× Pro Bowl selection -2× Second-team All-Pro selection - 5× All-AFC selection - Super Bowl Champion
889 points - added 4 years ago by dc99 - 1 comment
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Should be in the top 10...after all he is the hardest hitting DB of all time
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Brian Dawkins Report Abuse
This active Eagle and Bronco FS is a 8× Pro Bowl selection - 5× First-Team All-Pro selection - NFL 2000s All-Decade Team - First NFL player to record a sack, an interception, forced fumble, and touchdown reception in a single game.
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Dick Anderson Report Abuse
This Dolphin Safety was a 3× Pro Bowl selection - 3× All-Pro selection - 2× Super Bowl champion - NFL 1970s All-Decade Team - NFL Defensive Player of the Year
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Darren Sharper Report Abuse
This active Packer, Viking and Saint Safety is a 5× Pro Bowl selection - 5× All-Pro selection - Super Bowl champion - NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
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Aeneas Williams Report Abuse
This former Cardinal and Ram CB/FS was a 8× Pro Bowl selection - 4× First-team All-Pro selection - NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
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Ty Law Report Abuse
This Patriot, Jet, Chief and BroncoCB was a 5× Pro Bowl selection - 2× First-Team All-Pro selection -3× Super Bowl champion - NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
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Gary Fencik Report Abuse
This Bear FS was a 6× All-Pro selection - 2× Pro Bowl selection -Super Bowl champion
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Charles Woodson Report Abuse
This active Raider and Packer CB is a 6× Pro Bowl selection - 3× First-Team All-Pro selection - NFC Defensive Player of the Year - NFL 2000s All-Decade Team - Heisman Trophy
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Steve Atwater Report Abuse
This Bronco and Jet FS has creditals equal to or better than many DB in the Hall of Fame - 8× Pro Bowl selection - 2× Super Bowl Champion - NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
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Blaine Bishop Report Abuse
Hard hitting safety who brought it every play. He played with a chip on his shoulder and was a cornerstone for the Oiler/Titans Defense. Helped change the way the safety position was played
97 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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who?
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Troy Polomalu Report Abuse
He's the number one playmaker on a 2 time superbowl winning team.
34 points - added 2 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Goat
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John Lynch Report Abuse
future hall of famer Buccaneers,Broncos SS/FS 9x pro bowl selection 1,000 carrer tackles #10 most feared tacklers all-time
27 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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won a super bowl in 2002 with the buccaneers
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Ricky Manning Report Abuse
One of the reasons how and why the panthers got to the superbowl.
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Eddie McMillan Report Abuse
Played in seven National Football League seasons from 1973-1979 for the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills. Solid NFL Cornerback w/good size and speed. Los Angeles Rams Outstanding Rookie of 1973.
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Reggie White Report Abuse
Hall of Famer. Second most sacks.
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Reggie White wasn't a defensive back; he was a defensive end.
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James Harrison Report Abuse
2008 defensive player of the year more then 1,000 all time sacks one of the best
-52 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 7 comments
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1000 all-time sacks?!?!?!?!
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Not a defensive back... he is a linebacker
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somebody farted
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James Harrison has never been a defensive back; he is a linebacker.
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he's a beast no doubt about that, but he is not a DB
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He is Dynamite
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This guy is a Linebacker not a DB so who put him on the list. He also only has on 44.5 Sacks up to Nov 5 2010.
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