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Top 25 Dirtiest Players in NFL History

Football is a rough, physical sport filled with violent collisions and players who seem to take pride, and perhaps even some measure of joy in beating and battering one another. But every now and then, a player will enter the league who isn't content with the standard -run of the mill-garden variety beatings administered on a weekly basis. Sometimes, a player will have bad intentions and go out of his way to inflict pain and injury upon another player.

Cheap shot artists and dirty players are as deeply ingrained into the lore of the NFL as any Super Bowl winning quarterback. Sometimes, these guys are revered for taking the violence to another level and for perhaps playing just beyond the whistle if it means they get a chance to blow somebody up.

The league has tried to crack down on the cheap shots, but suspensions and even fines have proven to be little deterrent to some of the league's most notoriously dirty players. Tough, hard-nosed, physical football is one thing. But cheap shots are something else entirely – they can and have ended the careers of some players.

There have been cheap, dirty players in the league since the dawn of time. And there will undoubtedly be cheap shot artists in the league until the end of days. It's just a fact of life in the world of football.

With that in mind then, here are the 25 dirtiest players ever to put on an NFL uniform...

25 Deacon Jones

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24 Albert Haynesworth

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23 Mark Schlereth

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22 Jason Babin

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21 Hines Ward

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20 Rodney Harrison

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19 Chuck Cecil

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18 Richie Incognito

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17 James Harrison

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16 Steve Wisniewski

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15 Jack Tatum

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14 Cortland Finnegan

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13 Lyle Alzado

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12 Andre Waters

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11 Shawne Merriman

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10 Brian Dawkins

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9 Bart Scott

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8 T.J. Ward

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7 Chris Clemons

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6 Conrad Dobler

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5 Bill Romanowski

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4 Jared Allen

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3 Roy Williams

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2 Darnell Dockett

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1 Ndamukong Suh

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Of course Suh wound up at the top of the list. Would you expect any less? Given his penchant for hitting, kicking, stomping on the appendages of his opponents – and paying tens of thousands of dollars in fines for his actions – there is no way he couldn't wind up at the top of this list – a place he'll likely stay for a while.

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