Who Has The Most Interceptions In NFL History?

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The Defensive Players With The Most Interceptions In NFL History

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The interception is one of the most impactful ways a defensive player can impact a game, as it instantly gives the ball back to the offense and changes the whole feel of a contest. In this article, we’re looking at the best ballhawks in game of football has ever seen.

Here are the players with the most interceptions in NFL history.

1. Paul Krause, 81 - Paul Krause set the tone early in his career when he led the NFL with 12 interceptions as a rookie. Krause had double-digit interceptions in two of his 16 years and had two or more picks in 16 career games. Krause is also the Minnesota Vikings all-time interception leader with 53 takeaways. 

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2. Emlen Tunnell, 79 - When Emlen Tunnell retired after the 1961 season, he was the NFL all-time interception leader before later being surpassed by Krause. Tunnell had six or more interceptions in 10 of his 14 seasons and is the New York Giants all-time interception leader with 74 picks.

3. Rod Woodson, 71 - Rod Woodson led the league in interceptions twice in his career and had four or more picks in 10 different seasons. At 37 years old, Woodson had a league best eight interceptions with the Oakland Raiders. Woodson also holds the NFL record with 12 interceptions run back for touchdowns.

4. Night Train Lane, 68 - Night Train Lane holds the NFL single-season record with 14 interceptions, something he accomplished as a rookie and in just 12 games. Night Train Lane had 27 interceptions in his first 35 games. Richard Lane was much more than one of the most physical tacklers the game has ever seen.

5. Ken Riley, 65 - Ken Riley had four or more interceptions in nine of his 15 seasons and finished his final two years with a combined 13 picks. Riley got all of his interceptions with the Cincinnati Bengals, so he comfortably holds the franchise all-time record. 

5. Charles Woodson, 65 - Charles Woodson led the NFL in interceptions twice in his career and had five or more interceptions in six of his 18 seasons. Woodson holds the Green Bay Packers franchise record with nine interceptions returned for touchdowns. 

7. Ed Reed, 64 - Ed Reed led the NFL in interceptions three times in his career and had no less than five picks in seven of his first nine seasons. Reed also holds the NFL record with 12 games of two or more interceptions, and he holds the Baltimore Ravens franchise record with 61 picks.

8. Ronnie Lott, 63 - Ronnie Lott came away with nine interceptions in his first 25 games and four of those picks were run back for touchdowns. Lott led the league in interceptions twice in his career and holds the San Francisco 49ers franchise record with 51 interceptions. 

8. Darren Sharper, 63 - Darren Sharper led the league in interceptions twice and had four or more interceptions in nine of his 14 seasons. At 34 years old, Sharper had nine interceptions for the New Orleans Saints and returned three of them back for touchdowns.

10. Dave Brown, 62 - Dave Brown had three or more interceptions in 12 of the 14 seasons he was a starter, and he had 37 interceptions in his final 108 games. Brown is the Seattle Seahawks all-time interception leader with 50 picks.

10. Dick LeBeau, 62 - Dick LeBeau had four or more interceptions in 11 of his 14 seasons and came away with nine interceptions in 14 games back in 1970. LeBeau spent his entire career with the Detroit Lions, so he’s the franchise all-time leader in interceptions. 

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