The Defensive End is truly a remarkable athlete.
A DE usually lies somewhere between a defensive tackle and a linebacker in terms of size, strength and speed.
Like a DT, DE's are expected to occupy blockers to give their defensive teammates behind them a chance to tackle the ball carrier. They also have to be strong enough to hold their ground against OL and get off blocks to tackle the ball carrier as they try to run by.
Some DE's drop back in coverage once in a while, roaming like a LB. There are so many similarities in the skill sets between LB and DE that many 4-3 DE become 3-4 OLB, and vice-versa.
However, DE's are most famous for being the primary pass rushing threat. When the situation allows, they have to beat the blockers in their way and try to hit the quarterback in a matter of seconds. When DE are successful at doing this, they make the QB rush a throw that usually falls incomplete or gets intercepted.
They may also get sacks as a result of their hard work. And maybe a fumble on top of that. Even if the defense does not recover the fumble, it is a game-changing, momentum-shifting play and certainly a drive killer for the opposing offense.
There are sack artists, and then there are masters of the sack-fumble.
Here are the Top 5 guys that let us marvel at one of the most exciting plays in Football.