When you really think about it, the game of football is all about intimidation. Quarterbacks try to intimidate opposing defenses with arm strength and precision, while middle linebackers go the more conventional route of intimidation by delivering crushing blows to running backs and wide receivers.
Defensive players initially come to mind when we think of intimidation, but lightning-quick runners, stonewall offensive lineman, and deep-threat wideouts have just as easily struck fear into opponents throughout the years.
Because of the news-halting lockout, compiling lists has become commonplace this summer with the NFL Network's Top 100 players in the game today being the most discussed list.
Let's take a glance at the top 40 intimidating players in NFL history.
Certainly a list worth debating...
(Side note: After beginning, I realized it's nearly impossible to rank these players from 40-1, so this is simply a list of the top 40 most intimidating players in history. I will try to put the "more intimidating" players closer to 1)