Who are the 50 most fearsome, meanest, biggest and scariest hard-hitters in NFL history? Do any players immediately jump to mind when you read the opening line? If so, we trust you will likely find them on the following list.
We are going back in time in NFL history to look at players from every era in the history of professional football. Even though the league has gone out of its way to protect the safety of players, especially quarterbacks, there is still a number of current players that will qualify for our purposes here.
This list is going to be focusing on defensive players, since, let's face it, the offensive players have to play by a different set of rules than the defenders. As a result, there will only be a handful of offensive players here, but trust me when I tell you that the offensive players on the list were among the biggest and baddest players.
The bigger and meaner they are, the higher they will probably be ranked. If they evoked fear in their opponents, the greater the chances are that they will rank high on our list. Let's see if our choices match up with your selections.
In doing research for this, I easily came up with more than 50, so I know that there are some very good players that I had to omit from the list. If you feel strongly about a player we omitted, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section.