Defensive linemen can swing the balance of any game, at any time, bringing that precious pendulum of momentum to their team’s favor. The all-time greats could do this almost at will. Better yet, they were a nightmare for opposing offenses to slow down, let alone stop. Here are five of the best defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL.
Stats: 218 games, 2 interceptions, 3 safeties, 1 touchdown (tackles and sacks not listed)
One of the anchors of the infamous “Purple People Eaters” defenses with the Minnesota Vikings, Page was a wrecking ball. In his 15-year career, Page played in 238 consecutive games, while being elected to nine straight Pro Bowls. Oh, and he just happened to anchor the Vikes’ “D” in four Super Bowls.