NFL 2012: 15 Most Vicious Hitters

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NFL 2012: 15 Most Vicious Hitters
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The NFL may be trumpeting player safety over and over again, but as long as there is professional football, there will be vicious hits that batter ball carriers and send them to the sideline, or even the injured reserve list.

That's just part of the game.

As much as we all love to see an acrobatic touchdown grab or an electrifying 100-yard kickoff return, the big hits are the guilty pleasure that draws fans from of all ages and loyalties. 

Just about every defender, and even some offensive players, in today's NFL are capable of making that great, jarring hit. But some just have a knack for doing so with great regularity. So who are they?

Check out this list to find out. 

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