the hardest hitting defense player of all-time?
- perdidobumsLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Good question. Several come to mind. How about Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Jack Tatum, Ronnie Lott, Deacon Jones? I'm going with Butkus, a real terror who had speed and made many a running back pay dearly for their yardage against the Bears.
- gregory_dittmanLv 71 decade ago
It's hard to say, because the equipment and size of players have changed in time. To make my point, the forward pass was put into the rules because the hits were so brutal, that people were literally dieing from them. There weren't even helmets in those days, but death is as hard as you are going to get.
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- stan lLv 71 decade ago
Jack Tatum, if you went into Jack's part of the field you you were going to get hit, HARD. Ronnie Lott said he patterned his style of play after Tatum's.
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- toughguy2Lv 71 decade ago
Dick Butkus of the Bears was an intimidating fierce animal at middle linebacker and probably the most famous football player of all time.
- DantheManLv 51 decade ago
Mike Singletary broke like 3 helmets in college...
I also like Butkus, Lott, and Steve Atwater.
- smittyLv 71 decade ago
Jack Tatum - He hit/tackled Darryl Stingley and paralyzed him for life.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
There's been lots of great ones already mentioned. The first name that came to my head was Ronnie Lott.
- Perry LLv 51 decade ago
Jack Tatum...he literally crippled a couple of guys and ended a few others careers.
- 1 decade ago
Jack Tatum or Bill Rowmanoski. Bill was the craziest and dirtiest if they have a category for that!