The two most feared players in the NFL are terrifying for different reasons. One might score on you at any moment. The other might pull you apart at any moment.
ESPN.com has just released the results of a poll of 320 players, and Detroit's Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson were named the most feared players in the league. Suh snagged 61 votes, or 19 percent, while Megatron had 58 votes, or just over 18 percent.
Rounding out the top five were J.J. Watt, Patrick Willis, and Peyton Manning. (Clearly, "fear" meant different things to different players.)
Suh's reputation now precedes him by a good two or three weeks. He was fined a staggering $140,000 earlier this season for a low block against Minnesota, a roughing-the-passer hit on Cleveland's Brandon Weeden, and a throat-slash gesture against Tampa Bay. Would his fines have run so high if he didn't already have such a reputation? Doubtful.
It's also worth noting that Detroit has the two most feared players in the league, yet was unable to reach the playoffs this season despite controlling the NFC North for most of the year. Detroit's holes and deficiencies were too vast for even such game-changing forces as Suh and Johnson to bridge.