10 Best Football Hits Of All Time
Dozens of memorable names belong on a competitive sheet of the 10 best football hits of all time. Football defenses brutalize opponents with both legal and illegal blows. Likewise, offensive players also bulldoze over obstructing linemen and lightweight secondaries. Some of these players found themselves in the NFL's Hall of Fame, and some of them remain overlooked. Anybody attempting to nail down the hardest hitting player of all time with a unanimous support will likely falter. Despite this fact, there are indisputable greats that hard core football fans can agree upon.
- Ronnie Lott: Former 49er Ronnie Lott was the most fear tackler in NFL history. He left opponents dazzled after each hit leading him to become one of the greatest defensive players of all time. Lott was selected to the Pro Bowl ten times for three different defensive positions.
- Dick Butkus: Dick Butkus, former Chicago linebacker, was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1983. Butkus went ot the Pro Bowl eight times, and retired with 1,020 tackles, 22 interceptions, and 27 fumble recoveries. Butkus was a feared assassin.
- Jack Lambert: Jack Lambert played for the Pittsburgh Steerers during the 70s. Lambert had a rough presence about him that irked most players during that era. He had an edge and knack for getting to the player carrying the ball with a velocity that had most question whether permanent damage would incur.
- Lawrence Taylor: Lawrence Taylor played for the New York Giants for twelve years (1981-1993). Taylor was a feared tactician that brutalized quarterbacks on the blitz. Not entirely limited to the pash rush, Taylor could seek out running backs behind the line of scrimmage, which gave him the edge.
- Jack Tatum: Jack Tatum played for the Oakland Raiders at the beginning of his career and ended with the Houston Oilers. Tatum was referred as the "the assassin" because of his devastating hits on opponents. The infamous hit on Frank Gifford landed him on the bench for eighteen months with a broken leg. Tatum delivered the hardest hit after targeting Daryl Stringer and paralyzing him.
- Ted Hendricks: Ted "The Stork" Hendricks played as linebacker for the Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers and the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. Hendricks was known as one of the meanest and smartest defensive players in NFL history. In fact, Hendricks knew how to read the field, and take out the anybody crossing his path.
- Ray Lewis: Ray Lewis, a seasoned veteran for the Baltimore Ravens, earned his reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL. Ray Lewis knows how to motivate a team, as well as outperform them. Lewis, a future Hall of Famer, will likely garner attention for decades to come.
- John Lynch: John Lynch played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Lynch, a strong safety, earned his way to nine Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl. John Lynch was known for delivering some jaw-shattering hits during his heyday.
- Mike Singletary: Mike Singletary went for the ball and knocked out a few players while doing so.
- Reggie White: Reggie White, a Hall of Famer, was nicknamed "The Minister of Defense." White played defensive end from 1984 to 2000. White has an extensive career history, including thirteen Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl ring.