Leadership is something that is under and over valued in the NFL.
There are some players that are true leaders.
They lead by example.
That type of player that is willing to show other players how things are meant to be done.
The players you are about to see are what all football general managers, coaches and owners dream about.
They have the ability to change the pace or outcome of a game by themselves.
There are only a select few and I have selected the players that I think are the most tenacious, committed and passionate about the game.
The way they play they play the game.
And, most of all, the way they lead their teams.
As soon as Pierce stepped onto the New York scene in 2005, he took command of the defense.
He has such a raw passion for the game, I don't think he would mind if he was just the holder on field goals; he just wants to play.
He leads his defense with great talent and passion.
When there is a big play needed, expect Pierce to be in the middle of it.
Polamalu is not just one of the most vocal leaders, but he has a knack for creating big plays.
It doesn't matter if it is a sack, interception or forced fumble.
You can count on Polamalu to pull one of these tricks out of the bag, lifting his defense, and lifting his team.
I don't care whether he is not on a team at the moment, he is a player in the NFL and a great leader.
Throughout his career, he held the Tampa Bay's defense up, even as he became a part-time player.
He would be on the sideline spurring his team on, and when he was on the field, his teammates would rally round him.
His leadership is something the Bucs' could count on and now it's gone. I am sure they will sorely miss it.
Brian Dawkins, what a talent.
What a player.
And most off all, what a role model.
This is the type of player you get your children to look up to.
He was the glue, the guts, and the mold of the Eagles' defense.
He is the type of player that you want to play with, you want to make him proud, and he was the greatest asset the Eagles have had on defense in many years.
Now that he has moved on, I believe he will play just as well in Denver as he did in Philadelphia, because of his passion for the game.
Yes, the obvious No. 1.
What can I say? After every game, Lewis can barely speak.
His voice is so horse from the screaming, yelling and motivating done on the field, he can barely speak for days.
He leads and he leads like no other.
It is plain and simple. If there was one leader I could call the leader of all leaders, it would be Lewis.
He has phenomenal talent and with he ability to lead and motivate, he is a giant, although a Raven, on the field.