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Poll: Best Defensive American Football Movie Character

Which American football player*, who plays for the defense or special teams, has the best 'game' as a fictional film football character? *includes two-way players, but excludes players who play purely offensive positions

Take companion poll: Best Offensive American Football Movie Character

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    Adam Sandler in The Waterboy (1998)

    Player: Robert 'Bobby' Boucher Jr.

    Position: Defensive Linebacker

    Actor: Adam Sandler in The Waterboy (1998)

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    Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)

    Player: Forrest Gump

    Position: Special Teams Return Specialist

    Actor: Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)

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    Gary Grimes in Gus (1976)

    Player: Gus (pictured with Andy Petrovic)

    Position: Special Teams Place Kicker (pictured with ball holder)

    Actor: Various Mules in Gus (1976)

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    Little Giants (1994)

    Player: Becky O'Shea aka Icebox

    Position: Defensive Linebacker

    Actor: Shawna Waldron in Little Giants (1994)

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    Jon Favreau in The Replacements (2000)

    Player: Daniel Bateman

    Position: Defensive Linebacker

    Actor: Jon Favreau in The Replacements (2000)

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    Forest Whitaker in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

    Player: Charles Jefferson

    Position: Defensive Linebacker

    Actor: Forest Whitaker in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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    Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves (1983)

    Player: Stefen Djordjevic

    Position: Defensive Cornerback

    Actor: Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves (1983)

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    John Goodman and Dennis Quaid in Everybody's All-American (1988)

    Player: Gavin Grey

    Position: Defensive Cornerback and Full Back

    Actor: Dennis Quaid in Everybody's All-American (1988)

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    Sam Horrigan in Little Giants (1994)

    Player: Spike Hammersmith

    Position: Defensive Middle Linebacker and Running Back

    Actor: Sam Horrigan in Little Giants (1994)

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    Chadwick Boseman in Draft Day (2014)

    Player: Vontae Mack

    Position: Defensive Linebacker

    Actor: Chadwick Boseman in Draft Day (2014)

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    Duane Davis in The Program (1993)

    Player: Alvin Mack

    Position: Defensive Middle Linebacker

    Actor: Duane Davis in The Program (1993)

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    Tab Thacker in Wildcats (1986)

    Player: Phillip Finch

    Position: Defensive Lineman

    Actor: Tab Thacker in Wildcats (1986)

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    Burt Reynolds and Robert Tessier in The Longest Yard (1974)

    Player: Shokner

    Position: Defensive Middle Linebacker

    Actor: Robert Tessier in The Longest Yard (1974)

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    Scott Bakula in Necessary Roughness (1991)

    Player: Paul Blake

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: Scott Bakula in Necessary Roughness (1991)

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    Rhys Ifans in The Replacements (2000)

    Player: Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff

    Position: Special Teams Place Kicker

    Actor: Rhys Ifans in The Replacements (2000)

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    Andrew Bryniarski in The Program (1993)

    Player: Steve Lattimer

    Position: Defensive End

    Actor: Andrew Bryniarski in The Program (1993)

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    Woody Harrelson, Goldie Hawn, and Wesley Snipes in Wildcats (1986)

    Player: Trumaine

    Position: Defensive Safety

    Actor: Wesley Snipes in Wildcats (1986)

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    Harold Lloyd in The Freshman (1925)

    Player: Harold 'Speedy' Lamb

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: Harold Lloyd in The Freshman (1925) and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) (flashbacks)

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    Kathy Ireland in Necessary Roughness (1991)

    Player: Lucy Draper

    Position: Special Teams Place Kicker

    Actor: Kathy Ireland in Necessary Roughness (1991)

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    Michael Jace in The Replacements (2000)

    Player: Earl Wilkinson

    Position: Defensive Free Safety

    Actor: Michael Jace in The Replacements (2000)

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    John Krasinski in Leatherheads (2008)

    Player: Carter Rutherford

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: John Krasinski in Leatherheads (2008)

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    Woody Harrelson in Wildcats (1986)

    Player: Krushinski

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: Woody Harrelson in Wildcats (1986)

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    Richard Kiel in The Longest Yard (1974)

    Player: Samson

    Position: Defensive Lineman

    Actor: Richard Kiel in The Longest Yard (1974)

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    Sinbad in Necessary Roughness (1991)

    Player: Andre Krimm

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: Sinbad in Necessary Roughness (1991)

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    Lawrence Gilliard Jr. in The Waterboy (1998)

    Player: Derek Wallace

    Position: Special Teams Punt Kicker

    Actor: Lawrence Gilliard Jr. in The Waterboy (1998)

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    George Clooney in Leatherheads (2008)

    Player: Jimmy Dodge Connelly

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: George Clooney in Leatherheads (2008)

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    Donald Gibb in Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

    Player: Frederick "Ogre" Palowaski

    Position: Defensive Linebacker and Offensive Linebacker

    Actor: Donald Gibb in Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

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    Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, and The Marx Brothers in Horse Feathers (1932)

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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

    Player: Ray Finkle aka Lt. Lois Einhorn

    Position: Special Teams Place Kicker

    Actor: Sean Young in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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    Nelly in The Longest Yard (2005)

    Player: Megget

    Position: Special Teams Kick Returner and Running Back

    Actor: Nelly in The Longest Yard (2005)

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    Corey Haim in Lucas (1986)

    Player: Lucas

    Position: Multiple Positions

    Actor: Corey Haim in Lucas (1986)


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