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Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:59 am

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)
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:46 am

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...
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 12:52 pm

The Minister of Defense, Reggie White.

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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:08 pm

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.

-Dick Butkus
-Reggie White
-LT
-Ray Lewis, scumbag though he is
-Rod Woodson
-Joe Green
-Chuck Bednarik
-Ray Nitchzke
-Deacon Jones.
 
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:59 pm

LT..

He dominated!
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:17 pm

LT baby without a doublt the best of all-time!

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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 2:26 pm

Ill go with LT as well, Just Awesome!
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:17 pm

Joe Greene was the first person to come to mind here...heading up the Steel Curtain defense...

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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Sun Dec 14, 2003 10:28 pm

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.

 
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Mon Dec 15, 2003 12:12 am

"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.
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RE: Best NFL Defensive Player EVER.

Tue Dec 16, 2003 8:37 am

How about the "Refrigerator Perry"? Man that guy was to huge!!!


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