Intensity is an intangible that any professional football player needs to get hyped up for game day, but very few possess the level of exuberance where it flows from the pores.
Ray Lewis and Brian Dawkins have long been the faces of intensity in the NFL, but for the first time the 1996 season, neither player will be in the middle of a war chant speech on Sundays. That type of intensity is admired by teammates and fans, but loathed by those who oppose them.
While intensity can be good for getting teammates ready for battle and for getting adrenaline pumping, it can also get athletes into trouble with the stripes. Knowing how to balance good intensity and bad intensity is what separates the good players from the elite.
For better or for worse, let's take a look at some of the most intense players in the NFL.