The 25 Angriest NFL Players of All Time
The game of football is an incredibly intense sport. In order to succeed in the sport, you have to be an intense individual that plays with passion and a ton of emotion—and one of those emotions can be anger.
Taking a look at the all-time great football players, a ton of them were simply angry individuals on the football field. They either wanted to prove a point as if they played with a chip on their shoulder or they simply wanted to physically punish anyone that stood in their way.
With that being said, let's take a look at the 25 angriest NFL players of all time.
25. Chuck Cecil
Chuck Cecil is a former All-Pro safety that put fear into the eyes of opposing receivers during the late 1980s and early 1990s with the Green Bay Packers, Phoenix Cardinals and the Houston Oilers.
Just take a look at the picture—is that a man that you wanted to see on the other side of the ball? He looks nuts.
24. Doug Atkins
Seeing Doug Atkins lining up at defensive end, preparing himself to go attack the quarterback, that is something you did not want to see if you were a NFL quarterback.
Atkins was one mean player that crushed opposing quarterbacks during the 1950s and 1960s with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints.
23. Rodney Harrison
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Rodney Harrison may be smiling in this picture, but don't let that smile fool you. He will hurt you—that is if you're going to catch a pass that happens to be in the area of him.
Harrison is arguably one of the greatest safeties of our recent generation as he was such a physical player that he made sure that he punished anyone that stood in his way of a victory.
22. Ndamukong Suh
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Ndamukong Suh has anger issues. He really does.
I actually think that Suh wants to kill every quarterback in the NFL, maybe even his own in Matthew Stafford. He is the new "QB Killa," right Warren Sapp?
21. Ray Nitschke
Ray Nitschke, or better known as No. 66, was one of the most feared linebackers during his day with the Green Bay Packers from 1958 until 1972.
Nitschke is by far one of the most bone-crushing tacklers to ever play the game of football. He wanted to punish anyone who had the ball.
20. Randy White
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Randy White was a man with a killer mustache that was filled with anger.
The all-time great Dallas Cowboy defensive end put fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks, running backs, offensive linemen or just about anyone that stood in his path.
19. Cliff Harris
Yet another man with an awesome mustache and a personality that wanted to punish anyone on the opposing team.
Cliff Harris was a very angry safety that was nicknamed "Captain Crush."
18. Chuck Bednarik
Took a look at the picture—Does Chuck Bednarik look crazy to you? He does to me.
Bednarik may have been crazy but he was also a very mean player that played two of the most physically demanding positions, center and linebacker.
Bednarik dominated in the 1950s as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles as he was one of the most hardest hitting players of his generation.
17. Hardy Brown
Hardy Brown is an old-school football player that was known for his trademark shoulder push—you did not want to be on the receiving end of that.
Brown was so feared that opposing teams wanted to take him out as he was such a physical threat to opposing players at the linebacker position.
16. John Lynch
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John Lynch played with so much intensity and passion. He was one hell of a football player.
Lynch dominated at the safety position over the recent generation and is certainly one of the most feared defensive backs in modern football.
15. Bronko Nagurski
Bronko Nagurski is an old-school football player that played in the 1930s and was so physically dominant that at the fullback position he often times was far bigger than defensive linemen.
Bronko was one of the very first bone-crushing players to ever play the game of football.
14. Ronnie Lott
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Ronnie Lott may be a nice guy and all but when he was on the field, he was an extremely angry fellow that wanted to punish anyone that caught a pass.
I think that we can all agree that Lott is one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the sport of football—and specifically is the greatest defensive back to ever play.
13. Jim Brown
Jim Brown is one of my all-time favorite running backs.
Brown ran with so much physicality that he would run through anyone that stood in his way. It was so clear that Brown played with so much anger and passion that he wanted to prove to the world that he is one of the greatest running backs in NFL history—and that he is, my friend.
12. James Harrison
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James Harrison certainly plays with anger but he's just an angry person in general.
Whether Harrison is annihilating opposing quarterbacks or receivers or if he's being fined or suspended with the NFL, it's like he's never happy. He's just that angry.
11. Mike Ditka
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We all know Mike Ditka as one of the all-time great head coaches, but he is one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game.
Ditka was the perfect mix of an athletic blocker that could go out and catch the football. He loved blocking and played with so much fire and passion that it was clear that he played with anger in his heart.
10. Lawrence Taylor
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Lawrence Taylor—the greatest defensive player to ever play the game of football. He changed the game with his freakish abilities for a man that size.
L.T. played with so much passion and emotion that his motor would not stop until the final play. He simply wanted every play so bad as if he walked with a giant chip on his shoulder.
9. Dick "Night Train" Lane
I obviously wasn't alive to see Dick "Night Train" Lane play but from the film that I have seen, he is one of my all-time favorite players. He was simply that dominant and that scary.
Lane put fear into opposing receivers' eyes as he roamed around the secondary in the early years of the passing game.
I think that it's safe to say that Lane is one of the very first bone-cruising defensive backs in NFL history and he is one individual that I wouldn't want covering me if I was going out for a pass.
8. Jack Lambert
Jack Lambert—the face of the Steel Curtain that is known as the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If you're the poster child of the Steelers, then you have to be an incredibly angry and passionate person.
Lambert is exactly that.
7. Ray Lewis
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Just take a look at Ray Lewis' eyes and look at how intense he is. Look at his muscles. Listen to him speak. He is very intimidating.
Lewis is one of the most passionate players that I have ever seen in my life and he plays with a real chip on his shoulder and a swagger like he wants to prove himself to the world.
6. Conrad Dobler
Conrad Dobler is the dirtiest player in NFL history. He simply wanted to injure anyone that was not on his team. He was that bad.
With that being said, that's exactly why Dobler ranks so high on this list—he had to be an angry person, right? I think so.
5. Deacon Jones
The man that coined the term "sack." Deacon Jones—the greatest pass-rusher to ever play the game.
Have you ever seen film of Jones? If you haven't, then you really need to check it out.
Jones played with so much passion and fire in his heart that he absolutely punished anyone that wasn't wearing the same jersey as him.
4. Jack Tatum
Like him or not, you have to admit that Jack Tatum was one incredibly angry person that put fear into opposing players' eyes.
Tatum was one of the hardest hitting safeties in NFL history as he would roam the secondary and look for any unfortunate receivers that were in a vulnerable position.
3. "Mean" Joe Greene
He wasn't called "Mean" Joe Greene for nothing—he was one mean football player.
Greene is often referred to as not only the greatest defensive lineman to play the game of football but actually the greatest defensive player.
Personally, I don't think he's the greatest that ever was but he is right up there.
Just take a look at the picture—is this a man that you wanted staring at you across the line of scrimmage? Absolutely not.
Dick Butkus was one angry individual that wanted to beat the snot out of anyone that stood in his way of winning the game.
1. Bill Romanowski
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How should I describe Bill Romanowski? Well, he was absolutely nuts. He was pretty much insane.
Romanowski was a man that you did not want to mess with as he played with so much intensity, passion and anger that he would do anything to beat you—even if that meant hurting you.
All of Romanowski's passion and emotion turned him into one of the most feared linebackers to ever play the game.