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The Top Ranked Linebackers of the 1980's

 

Notes:

The ratings on this page comes from AinsworthSports.com's own rating system.  The lower the rating the better.

Players had to complete at least one qualifying season to be included in this list.

A qualifying year is any year that a player participated in 60% of his teams games.

Player's ratings are penalized for every year under 5 qualifying years.

 

Rnk   Player Rating
1   Lawrence Taylor 1.44033
2   Mike Singletary 2.97478
3   Jack Lambert 4.12100
4   Andre Tippett 4.40900
5   Rickey Jackson 5.64456
6   Rod Martin 5.70667
7   Chip Banks 6.36200
8   Ted Hendricks 7.07525
9   Harry Carson 7.73525
10   Randy Gradishar 7.98425
11   Clay Matthews 10.46256
12   Mike Merriweather 10.91500
13   Jerry Robinson 11.36700
14   John Offerdahl 11.49400
15   Mike Douglass 12.67800
16   Keena Turner 13.45960
17   Duane Bickett 13.87740
18   Wilber Marshall 13.89583
19   Scott Studwell 14.15360
20   Billy Ray Smith 14.62850
21   Lance Mehl 15.34800
22   Reggie Williams 15.39990
23   Bob Breunig 15.58450
24   Karl Mecklenburg 15.70067
25   John Anderson 15.98300
26   Hugh Green 16.23029
27   E.J. Junior 16.62600
28   Robert Brazile 16.84680
29   Matt Millen 16.95640
30   Otis Wilson 18.45138
31   Tim Harris 20.15475
32   Shane Conlan 21.37933
33   Buddy Curry 23.56586
34   Woodrow Lowe 23.59200
35   Mike Wilcher 24.14700
36   Matt Blair 24.44200
37   A.J. Duhe 24.86620
38   Garry Cobb 24.87078
39   Don Blackmon 24.93400
40   Neal Olkewicz 25.02589
41   Tom Cousineau 26.51775
42   Linden King 27.21544
43   Fredd Young 27.43850
44   Mel Owens 27.75725
45   Steve Nelson 28.40486
46   Vaughan Johnson 28.81550
47   Joel Williams 29.05667
48   Mike L. Cofer 29.34575
49   Stan White 29.96433
50   Jim Collins 30.00750
51   Mike Hegman 30.54313
52   Eugene Lockhart 30.76583
53   Robert Lyles 30.84540
54   Bryan Hinkle 31.71813
55   Robin Cole 32.17363
56   Jimmy Williams 32.45400
57   Johnie Cooks 32.54325
58   Barry Krauss 32.94933
59   Brad Van Pelt 33.24300
60   Carl Ekern 33.72625
61   Tom Howard 33.73925
62   Bob Brudzinski 33.79556
63   Brian Kelley 34.07167
64   Johnny Rembert 34.33467
65   Mel Kaufman 34.41500
66   Cornelius Bennett 34.57667
67   Tom Jackson 34.75857
68   Sam Mills 35.17850
69   Bruce Scholtz 35.48600
70   Pat Swilling 35.70875
71   Jim Haslett 35.89540
72   Rich Milot 36.53188
73   David Little 36.98567
74   Darryl Talley 37.04900
75   Monte Coleman 37.31400
76   Carl Banks 37.57450
77   Gregg Bingham 37.89520
78   Kyle Clifton 38.11933
79   Frank LeMaster 39.62667
80   Michael Jackson 39.64783
81   Gary Campbell 40.13167
82   George Cumby 40.22033
83   Charles Haley 40.55450
84   Jack Reynolds 40.72320
85   Keith Butler 40.83125
86   Isiah Robertson 40.97333
87   Al Richardson 41.20800
88   Seth Joyner 41.36475
89   Whitney Paul 42.06014
90   Jim Ryan 43.21944
91   Eugene Marve 44.18400
92   Brian Noble 44.27840
93   Ken Fantetti 44.54100
94   Jack Ham 44.77767
95   John Rade 45.29783
96   Fred McNeill 45.30317
97   Scot Brantley 45.47825
98   Larry McGrew 45.58444
99   Dino Hackett 45.60675
100   Greg Buttle 45.80875
101   Vernon Maxwell 45.96025
102   Mike Walter 46.16900
103   Cliff Odom 46.28075
104   Eddie Johnson 46.33663
105   Dirt Winston 46.61514
106   Mike Johnson 47.19750
107   Jeff Davis 47.31150
108   Glenn Cameron 47.65733
109   Jim LeClair 48.10650
110   Larry Gordon 48.21167
111   Charles Jackson 48.33950
112   John Grimsley 48.34283
113   Dick Ambrose 48.51467
114   Carl Zander 48.66180
115   Gary Spani 49.47829
116   Gary Reasons 49.64017
117   Simon Fletcher 49.65160
118   Al Harris 50.13067
119   Rod Shoate 50.80600
120   Rob Nairne 50.95975
121   Keith Browner 51.08600
122   Mark Brown 51.39483
123   Johnny Holland 51.78033
124   Bob Swenson 51.81800
125   Avon Riley 52.14717
126   Alex Gordon 52.48733
127   Niko Noga 52.70733
128   Shelton Robinson 52.93800
129   Scott Radecic 53.08767
130   Chris Washington 53.46940
131   Johnny Meads 53.46940
132   George Andrews 53.97440
133   Mike Green 54.13700
134   Bo Harris 54.20433
135   Lucius Sanford 54.35029
136   Leslie O'Neal 54.54500
137   Anthony Bell 55.15125
138   Reggie Wilkes 55.82957
139   Pepper Johnson 55.85825
140   Cecil Johnson 55.90875
141   Derrick Thomas 55.95900
142   Robert Abraham 56.15600
143   Bill Bergey 56.66600
144   Earnest Rhone 56.90340
145   David Grayson 56.96500
146   Anthony Griggs 57.09283
147   Aundray Bruce 57.16900
148   Riki Ellison 57.28720
149   Winston Moss 57.67200
150   Kevin Greene 57.99420
151   Joe Kelly 58.15600
152   Charles Bowser 58.37900
153   Jim Kovach 58.41840
154   Jim Youngblood 58.81667
155   Freddie Joe Nunn 58.93650
156   Thomas Benson 59.38650
157   Jesse Solomon 59.57000
158   Chris Spielman 59.64350
159   Willie Harper 60.25175
160   Fulton Kuykendall 60.62020
161   Greg Gaines 60.82220
162   Greg Townsend 60.90800
163   Rick Dennison 61.69038
164   Jack Del Rio 61.95340
165   Anthony Dickerson 62.28383
166   Emanuel King 62.39800
167   Ron Rivera 62.77917
168   Mike Hawkins 63.33000
169   Ervin Randle 63.45850
170   Tony Woods 63.56367
171   Larry Evans 63.69833
172   Bob Horn 63.76567
173   D.D. Lewis 64.13800
174   Calvin Daniels 64.21580
175   Randy Scott 64.25620
176   Gary Plummer 65.40275
177   Stan Blinka 65.98350
178   John Bunting 66.20850
179   Bob Crable 66.33680
180   Greg Lloyd 66.56400
181   Mike Reichenbach 66.67817
182   Al Smith 67.09867
183   Chris Martin 67.14900
184   Jeff Rohrer 67.43417
185   Charles Baker 68.15933
186   Byron Evans 68.98400
187   Steve Busick 69.16480
188   Loren Toews 69.56900
189   Tim Cofield 69.99825
190   Troy Benson 70.88200
191   David Howard 71.00300
192   Dave Ahrens 71.10300
193   Frank Manumaleuga 71.21000
194   Bob Nelson 71.34067
195   Ted Washington 72.18233
196   Dan Bunz 72.58633
197   Reggie McKenzie 73.00300
198   Leon White 73.53325
199   Kevin Murphy 73.71000
200   Jessie Tuggle 74.40433
201   David Wyman 74.49050
202   Milt McColl 74.57550
203   Dennis Gibson 75.55100
204   Clayton Weishuhn 75.81833
205   Daryl Hunt 75.83100
206   Ray Bentley 75.83100
207   Dave R. Lewis 75.98250
208   Chris Doleman 76.25800
209   Rich Wingo 77.19450
210   Andy Headen 78.49720
211   Rick Graf 78.73250
212   Jim Fahnhorst 78.92140
213   Dennis Johnson 79.02240
214   Byron Hunt 79.24657
215   Mark Jerue 79.72940
216   George Jamison 80.53167
217   Richard Wood 80.75960
218   Sanders Shiver 80.82020
219   Ervin Parker 80.93150
220   Bobby Leopold 81.16360
221   Ken Woodard 81.59700
222   Ricky Hunley 81.74940
223   Jeff Barnes 82.15825
224   Al Chesley 82.48433
225   Charlie Hall 82.52200
226   Jackie Shipp 82.59780
227   Ed Reynolds 82.99100
228   Ron Crosby 83.17875
229   Randy McClanahan 83.53000
230   Andy Hawkins 84.03725
231   Chris Keating 84.33500
232   Glen Redd 84.53700
233   Brian Bosworth 84.74200
234   Todd Shell 84.74200
235   Greg Bracelin 85.10260
236   Michael Brooks 85.24500
237   Ron Burton 85.24500
238   Tim Green 85.37550
239   Ken Harvey 85.44900
240   Todd Bell 85.65300
241   Tom Dinkel 85.98150
242   Jerry Blanton 86.89467
243   James Harrell 87.02160
244   Jeff Schuh 87.14467
245   Robert L. Jackson 87.16600
246   Louis Cooper 87.49650
247   Ken Bordelon 88.34233
248   Ron Simpkins 89.17350
249   Shane Nelson 89.59000
250   David Frye 89.80920
251   James Haynes 89.97100
252   Hardy Nickerson 92.55067
253   Jeff Lageman 92.72300
254   Fred Robinson 92.78633
255   Gregg Carr 93.68275
256   Walker Lee Ashley 93.81833
257   Kim Bokamper 93.83400
258   Reggie Mathis 93.83400
259   Jack Squirek 93.85950
260   John Woodring 93.88475
261   John Zamberlin 93.91000
262   Cliff Thrift 94.07140
263   Leo Barker 94.51250
264   Jim Laughlin 94.88450
265   Guy Frazier 95.36420
266   Kurt Allerman 95.44500
267   John Dorsey 95.46520
268   Roosevelt Barnes 95.62700
269   Frank Bush 96.25800
270   John Roper 96.25800
271   Ravin Caldwell 96.55700
272   Scott Nicolas 97.19467
273   Angelo King 97.32767
274   Rick Razzano 97.36400
275   Fred Strickland 97.82150
276   Cedric Figaro 98.37900
277   Robin Sendlein 99.12140
278   Ed Simonini 99.79100
279   Jeff Siemon 99.85633
280   Eugene Seale 100.09200
281   Guy Brown 100.29400
282   Kevin McArthur 100.29600
283   Darren Comeaux 100.34000
284   Ray Preston 100.53540
285   Aaron Pearson 101.03467
286   Joe Harris 101.03467
287   Mark Arneson 101.10600
288   Rodell Thomas 101.23250
289   Eric D. Williams 101.25775
290   Jesse Penn 101.50600
291   Ted Thompson 102.59580
292   Vincent Brown 103.12400
293   Guy Prather 103.14120
294   Brad Dusek 103.32600
295   Curtis Weathers 103.91450
296   Jeff Jackson 103.93425
297   Ken McAlister 104.03500
298   Bill Romanowski 104.53800
299   Norwood Vann 104.56967
300   Dewey Selmon 104.74000
301   Darin Jordan 104.74200
302   Alonzo Johnson 105.44900
303   Rich Kraynak 105.87850
304   Alvin Toles 106.05525
305   Mike Weddington 106.21933
306   Eric Fairs 106.23200
307   Terry Beeson 106.25300
308   Gary Padjen 106.45500
309   Tim Lucas 106.45500
310   Tim Golden 107.39767
311   Eric Hill 107.57000
312   Ed Williams 107.63333
313   Ed Brady 108.34567
314   Carlos Bradley 108.57600
315   Bill Cowher 108.71067
316   Calvin Favron 108.98200
317   Ken Rose 109.04733
318   Jackie Walker 109.41350
319   Jim Morrissey 109.41350
320   Brian Cabral 109.53975
321   Joe Federspiel 109.79000
322   Mike Humiston 110.44875
323   Cliff Lewis 110.52450
324   Ray Berry 110.69700
325   Sam Merriman 111.01920
326   Steve Maidlow 111.40400
327   Don Goode 111.81000
328   Angelo Snipes 111.96150
329   Marc Munford 111.96150
330   Marcus Cotton 111.96150
331   Tyrone Keys 112.51900
332   Dwayne Jiles 112.71600
333   Ron Ferrari 112.71600
334   Frank Marion 112.79700
335   Steve DeOssie 113.14020
336   Joe Kohlbrand 113.42300
337   John Kaiser 113.47875
338   Ricky Jones 113.47875
339   Matt Monger 113.52500
340   Scott Pelluer 113.54420
341   O'Brien Alston 113.93300
342   Steve Neils 114.03400
343   Tom Hicks 114.03400
344   Ed Smith 114.23400
345   Ed Judie 114.43600
346   Charlie Weaver 114.63800
347   Tim Jordan 114.64000
348   Tyronne Stowe 114.70333
349   Danny Spradlin 115.12000
350   Burnell Dent 115.42300
351   Rufus Porter 115.49650
352   Jerry Muckensturm 115.54700
353   Jeff Herrod 115.85000
354   Garth Jax 116.11733
355   Phil Villapiano 116.11733
356   Michael Reid 116.35300
357   Pete Cronan 116.38667
358   Robbie Jones 116.66025
359   Aaron Jones 116.76100
360   Craig Puki 117.26200
361   Orlando Lowry 117.66500
362   Steve Potter 118.12475
363   Mike Whittington 118.77900
364   Steve Shull 118.81067
365   Bill Matthews 119.08200
366   Scott Stephen 119.41667
367   Jim Laslavic 119.48400
368   August Curley 119.58900
369   Sidney Coleman 119.58900
370   M.L. Johnson 119.88800
371   Larry Kubin 120.35933
372   Ken Jolly 120.44550
373   Mike McDonald 120.49300
374   Kurt Gouveia 120.59500
375   Dennis Fowlkes 121.30200
376   Rusty Chambers 121.30600
377   Rusty Guilbeau 121.50600
378   Ed O'Neil 122.11400
379   Ken Norton 122.41700
380   Jay Brophy 122.56650
381   Danny Lockett 122.92000
382   Mike Woods 122.92200
383   Tim Kearney 122.92200
384   Bruce Herron 123.35567
385   Jody Schulz 123.89433
386   John Skorupan 124.53800
387   Kiki DeAyala 124.68750
388   Joe McLaughlin 124.90433
389   Dan Rains 125.04100
390   Bob Golic 125.34600
391   Randy Kirk 125.39450
392   Darrin Miller 125.74800
393   Greg Clark 126.10150
394   Zack Valentine 127.29467
395   Paul Butcher 127.42933
396   Jim Gueno 127.77000
397   Bruce Klosterman 128.13633
398   Brett Faryniarz 128.22250
399   Henry Johnson 128.77600
400   Lee Kunz 128.77800
401   Greg Manusky 128.78000
402   Ron Hester 128.78000
403   Anthony Henton 128.92950
404   Jerry Olsavsky 129.48700
405   Cal Peterson 129.58600
406   Steve Doig 130.34350
407   Victor P. Jones 130.90100
408   Ty Allert 131.43567
409   Larry Kelm 131.75750
410   Van Waiters 131.75750
411   Jamie Kimmel 132.11100
412   Tony Caldwell 132.11100
413   Mark Dusbabek 132.31500
414   Derrie Nelson 132.37833
415   Hal Garner 132.37833
416   Jerrol Williams 133.02200
417   Ralph Ortega 133.42600
418   Dave Simmons 133.52500
419   Terry Tautolo 134.03000
420   Bruce Huther 134.16267
421   Walter Johnson 134.26367
422   Brian Forde 135.14300
423   Brian Salonen 135.64600
424   Frank Stams 135.85000
425   Sam Anno 135.91333
426   Aaron C. Brown 136.45400
427   Pete Wysocki 136.65800
428   Jeff Paine 136.70650
429   Johnny Taylor 137.41350
430   Scott Hilton 137.46600
431   Mike Curcio 138.47200
432   Darryl Byrd 138.47400
433   Britt Hager 138.67800
434   George Bethune 138.67800
435   Clifford Charlton 139.88800
436   Henry Rolling 140.79900
437   Randy Shannon 141.50600
438   Sam Kennedy 141.50600
439   Blanchard Montgomery 142.00900
440   Ilia Jarostchuk 142.00900
441   Mike Reilly 142.21300
442   Trey Junkin 142.21300
443   Brian Ingram 142.27633
444   Bob Harris 142.36250
445   Stan David 142.92000
446   Stuart Anderson 143.06950
447   Ray Phillips 143.32200
448   Scott Curtis 143.42300
449   Toby Caston 143.42300
450   Brian Gant 143.62700
451   Quintus McDonald 143.62700
452   Ronnie Washington 144.33400
453   June James 144.83700
454   Wayne C. Davis 144.83700
455   Tony Daykin 144.93800
456   Jeff Leiding 145.19050
457   Mickey Pruitt 145.19050
458   Ron Monaco 146.45500
459   John Galvin 146.95800
460   Richard Brown 146.95800
461   Joe Norman 147.05900
462   Dave Klug 147.86900
463   Eugene Williams 147.86900
464   Craig Bingham 147.93233
465   John Corker 148.57400
466   Ricky Shaw 148.72550
467   Mark Merrill 149.78400
468   Broderick Thomas 149.99000
469   Carlton Bailey 149.99000
470   Kevin P. Walker 149.99000
471   Scott Kozak 149.99000
472   Paul Davis 150.94750
473   Mike Junkin 152.11100
474   Steve King 152.21000
475   Andrew Melontree 152.81800
476   Bruce Beekley 152.81800
477   Dave Washington 152.81800
478   Dante Jones 152.96750
479   Bobby Bell 154.23200
480   Rob McGovern 154.23200
481   Todd Howard 154.23200
482   Phil Cancik 154.43400
483   Joey Lumpkin 155.44200
484   Keith DeLong 155.64600
485   Troy A. Johnson 155.64600
486   Brian Flones 157.06000
487   Jessie Small 157.06000
488   John Olenchalk 157.06000
489   Quentin Lowry 157.06000
490   Dana Nafziger 157.66600
491   Andy Hendel 158.47400
492   Joe Azelby 159.18100
493   Howard Carson 159.73450
494   A.J. Jenkins 160.59500
495   Dale Carver 160.59500
496   Dave Levenick 160.59500
497   Galand Thaxton 160.59500
498   Joe Mott 160.59500
499   Keith Karpinski 160.59500
500   Chuck Evans 161.09800
501   Tim Joiner 161.09800
502   Robert Pennywell 161.70600
503   David Marshall 162.00900
504   Todd Seabaugh 162.00900
505   Vince Osby 162.00900
506   David Brandon 162.51200
507   Eric Wilson 164.13000
508   Rick DiBernardo 164.13000
509   Tony Furjanic 164.27950
510   Eddie Cole 164.93800
511   Jim Eliopulos 165.34000
512   Fred Small 165.54400
513   George Cooper 165.54400
514   Lamonte Hunley 165.54400
515   Tom Briehl 165.54400
516   John Mohring 165.74600
517   Steve Heimkreiter 165.74600
518   Ron Brown 166.25100
519   Kevin Turner 169.07700
520   Robert Thompson 171.20000
521   Bill Roe 172.21000
522   John Sullivan 172.21000
523   Lyman White 172.21000
524   Tim Walker 172.21000
525   Steve Hendrickson 173.32100
526   Mario Celotto 175.64200
527   Alex Moyer 176.14900
528   Peter Najarian 176.14900
529   Kurt Larson 176.85600
530   Al Washington 177.05800
531   John Gillen 177.05800
532   Tim Inglis 177.56300
533   Shawn Burks 178.27000
534   Will Johnson 178.97700
535   Rich Dixon 179.68400
536   Louis Haynes 180.39100
537   Mark Hicks 181.09800
538   Nick Miller 181.80500
539   Neal Musser 182.51200
540   Rod Stephens 182.51200
541   Ben Apuna 182.71400
542   John Harper 183.21900
543   Kelvin Atkins 183.21900
544   Don Graham 183.92600
545   Derrel Luce 184.33000
546   James Johnson 184.63300
547   Dewey McClain 185.94600
548   Terry Rennaker 185.94600
549   Kirk Dodge 188.16800
550   Stan Holloway 189.17800
551   Jeff McIntyre 189.98600
552   Jim Dumont 190.28900
553   Aaron Smith 192.41000
554   Craig Shaffer 194.53100
555   Larry Kolic 194.53100
556   Matthew Teague 197.25800

 


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