The 10 Most Intimidating Linebackers in NFL History

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The 10 Most Intimidating Linebackers in NFL History
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A linebacker is like an animal. He's like a lion or a tiger and he goes after prey. He wants to eat him, he wants to kick the s--- out of him. That's a linebacker,"

This Chuck Bednarik excerpt from ESPN's SportsCentury series perfectly encapsulates the aura of intimidation that linebackers strive for.

Skill is inherently the most important part of football, but intimidation is something completely its own.

You can be a great player without being feared, but you cannot be feared without being great.

This delicate imbalance defines the following 10 men.

They found a way to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents because of both their downright nastiness and their ability to stand out amongst their peers.

These are the 10 most intimidating linebackers of all time.


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