What is a better way to celebrate the release of the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie than to compare this classic horror series to famous athletes.
Some athletes have natural talent while others combine that talent with fear. They use fear to intimidate opponents and scare them before the game is even played.
Like Freddie Krueger, the athletes on my list scare opponents while they sleep the night before the big game. Whoever the opposition, these athletes will keep anyone up at night.
"I try to catch him right on the tip of the nose, because I try to push the bone into the brain." Mike Tyson said this to scare anyone willing to step into the ring with him.
I have compiled a list of the scariest, creepiest, most intimidating athletes of all time.
After preparing this slideshow, I began to come across plenty of names that could arguably make the list but I had to cut them. With that said, I have tossed in a few more names for honorable mention. A few athletes that almost made the cut.
1. Brandon Carter
2. Kevin Greene
3. Serena Williams
4. Bobby Orr
5. Randy Couture
6. Ronnie Lott
7. Albert Pujols (He might be the nicest guy in baseball, but when pitchers see him walking to the plate, they begin to have nightmares)
8. Ron Artest
9. Ray Nitschke
This man is known as one of the greatest athletes ever. He dominated the sport of professional football as a star running back for the Cleveland Browns.
I have him on the list for one reason: HE IS SCARY GOOD!
This guy can act, dance, sing, run, jump, and kick. He can also play lacrosse, basketball, and track. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, and the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
If I see this man, in his prime, on the football field, I am betting someone will get hurt. He runs through the tackles instead of around. This man got into the heads of every linebacker he faced every weekend.
Nothing scary about this guy? Really?
This guy brings a gun to the arena! Wow! Better not intentionally foul him!
Another athlete to make the list because of her choice to bring weapons to the arena.
Tonya Harding was a great ice skater but was intimidated by Nancy Kerrigan and in 1994 at the U.S. Championships, she had her ex-husband and two other guys attack Kerrigan.
She is now a boxer. From ice skating to boxing, Tonya Harding will find a way to beat you, literally!
He might not be that good of a UFC fighter but how many people can claim to be?
With that said, let's take a second to remember where this guy came from, street fighting. He made his fame from beating people up in his backyard.
He exemplifies what a bad ass looks like!
Jack Lambert is one of the greatest middle linebackers of all time based on his size and speed.
He had lost his front four teeth playing basketball in high school and wore dentures all the time except when on the football field.
Anyone with a nickname of "Count Dracula on Cleats" is probably someone I would definitely run away from on the field.
He is 7'2" tall and weighs around 325.
He is bigger than a small car and used his size to dominate the NBA his entire career.
Imagine taking a charge with a train heading directly at you.
One of the best undrafted players in NFL history, John Randle used on-field trash talking and face paint to intimidate his opponents.
He is one of the scariest defensive players of all time and had 137.5 sacks, most of them in the DT position, which put him fifth on the list of all time sacks.
No one has done a better job of barking his way into the minds of offensive lines and getting to the quarterback.
This guy was good but he had a mean streak.
He has chased after fans in the stands, thrown a baseball at a heckler, chased down vandals during Halloween with his car(he hit one), knocked out an opposing player for standing in his base path, using a corked bat, and sending one of his teammates into the office where his bat was held to swap it for another.
In other words, get out of his way!
This was the nickname he earned. It means mad dog.
Of his 33 wins in the MMA world, he won 22 of them by TKO, 11 more than the "Ice Man" Chuck Lidell.
He stares down his opponents before the fight, getting into their heads right before the match.
Dick Butkus is a dangerous linebacker who found his way to the football at any cost.
He was a danger on and off the field and became known as "The Most Feared Man in the Game."
One of the biggest men to wrestle in the WWE, Andre the Giant was a beast.
He stood at 7'4" and weighed 525 pounds.
He is so big that one day when four people started to make fun of his size at a bar, he chased them down and flipped them over in their car, where they locked themselves in.
Who would attempt to fight this guy?
Bob Probert was one half of the "Bruise Brothers" and known for his fighting on the ice.
He fought to protect his teammates.
Any hockey player known for fighting makes his name on my list, but add his skill set and you have a seriously dangerous individual.
Ray Lewis is the definition of a leader.
He is also the hardest hitter to ever play the game. He is fast and moves quick. He gets to the ball like he has a radar and it is locked on.
After allegedly murdering two people, there was no evidence to prove he was anything other than a peacemaker in a fight, he came back to football and won the Super Bowl MVP.
Every quarterback in the NFL knows where he is at all times!
The real L.T. has been called the greatest defensive player of all time.
He was so scary that most NFL teams have since put a bigger emphasis on protecting their quarterback by finding offensive tackles that can slow guys like him down.
He use to send prostitutes to opponents' hotels to wear them down the night before the game. This guy was scary good and smart.
One Mike Tyson quote should define why I put him at the top spot.
"I think I'll take a bath in his blood."
What? That isn't scary enough for you? OK!
Here is one more Tyson quote to justify my point.
"I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children,"