We all know that offensive players grab headlines.
The NFL is known as a quarterback's league.
Running backs make the explosive plays and wide receivers make the highlight reels.
Virginia is no exception.
When asked who are the best players in school history, fans will give you names like Shawn and Herman Moore, Tiki Barber, Bullet Bill Dudley, Thomas Jones, Matt Schaub and maybe even Heath Miller.
However, Virginia's success has been built around defensive superstars.
The Cavaliers have put forth not just NFL-caliber talent on defense but Hall of Fame players.
This article gives the defense its due and counts down the greatest defensive players of the modern era. Since defensive statistics were not recorded until 1978, it is hard to place some of the greats like Jim Bakhtiar in their proper place.
So, with no disrespect to the older generations, here is a look at the greatest defensive players of the modern era.