Aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56 Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
After many debates with my friends I decided to post this topic here.
So who is the best defensive player of all time?
I'm going with #56 Lawrence Taylor. LT. I was pretty young when he played, though I have seen countless tapes of his old games. Never have I seen someone who dominated a game before. He was so fast, so strong and so mean. LT is my favorite player of all time.
So here is my list:
1. Lawrence Taylor
2. Ray Lewis
3. Dick Butkus
All men are great players. Ray Lewis and LT did/do not have a supporting cast, Butkus did. Lewis and Taylor are/were the whole defense.
What does everyone else think?
(Remember this is ON the field, not off the field)
Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2050 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1276 times:
Well, somewhere near the top of the list would have to be (I hate to even say his name) Deion Sanders. Before his got too old to play his position, teams simply would not throw his way. Now about his tackling technique...
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1260 times:
Dione Sanders? He doesn't even deserve mention! He wasn't a shut-down DB, he was afraid of contact, and all he wanted to do is showboat. He was a very good kick returner, but a great defensive player? Please.
Best ever? Damn, that's a tough question.
Here's some name for you, though.
-Ray Lewis, scumbag though he is
KRIC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1227 times:
Joe Greene was the first person to come to mind here...heading up the Steel Curtain defense...
Can't argue with that, although my favorite was his teammate, #58 middlelinebacker Jack Lambert.
But I don't know if you can determine a single best player. It's hard to compare, say, a defensive end safety or a nose tackle to a linebacker. It's easier to break it down as the best by position.
that said, the Steel Curtain had to be the best overall defensive unit ever.
Aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
"that said, the Steel Curtain had to be the best overall defensive unit ever"
They were great, I don't know about the best ever, Lambert was great, but he obviously had the support that LT did not. I like to think the 01 Ravens (I think, the year they won the Superbowl) they had a great D.