Ranking the best players in NFL history from BYU on the defensive side of the ball: #5-1

5.  Dick Felt: Felt appeared in 80 games over seven seasons as a member of the New York Titans and the Boston Patriots in the AFL as a defensive back. His best season came in 1962 when Felt intercepted five passes for the 9-win Patriots and was named to the Pro Bowl.

During his career, Felt registered 18 interceptions and was named a Pro Bowler on two separate occasions.

4.  Rex Berry: was selected in the 14th round (162nd overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1951 draft.  Berry spent his entire six-year career in the San Francisco secondary and played in 66 games.  One of his best seasons came in 1953 when Berry registered seven interceptions and one of his three interception returns for a touchdown.

During his career, Berry intercepted 22 passes, recovered eight fumbles and was named a Second-Team All-Pro in 1955.

3.  Brett Keisel: Keisel was selected in the seventh round (242nd overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2002 draft.  After not seeing much time in his first three seasons, Keisel has been a mainstay on the Steelers defensive line for the last nine years and was a key piece to a pair of Super Bowl runs.  Keisel has played in 144 games (110 starts) over 12 years in Pittsburgh.

For his career, Keisel has registered 29 sacks, 391 combined tackles, seven forced fumbles and a 79 yard touchdown run on his only interception. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010.

2.  Travis Hall: Hall was selected in the sixth round (181st overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1995 draft.  Hall played 150 games (93 starts) over 11 seasons with the Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers on the defensive line.  His best statistical season came in 1997 when Hall registered 78 combined tackles and 10.5 sacks.

For his career, Hall recorded 450 combined tackles, 42 sacks, six forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries.

1.  Kurt Gouveia: Gouveia was selected in the eighth round (213th overall) by the Washington Redskins in the 1986 draft.  He played 183 games (91 starts) as a line backer for the Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.  Once he became the full-time starter in Washington, Gouveia had back to back monster seasons in 1992 and ’93.  During those two seasons, Gouveia recorded 340 tackles, four interceptions and 2.5 sacks.

For his career, Gouveia tallied 837 combined tackles, five sacks, 12 interceptions and two touchdowns.


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