In the NFL, there are things to fear other than fear itself: The Detroit Lions.
According to a poll of more than 320 NFL players conducted by ESPN, the two most feared players in the NFL are members of the Detroit Lions. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh garnered a league-high 61 votes while wide receiver Calvin Johnson finished second with 58 fearful nods. Given the positions and reputations of these two players, they might not each be generating the exact same kind of fear.
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Listed at 6' 5" and 236 pounds, Johnson instills a fear of failure in his opponents. His size, strength, speed and hands make him a nightmare matchup for any player -- or any group of three players.
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While Johnson has opponents fearing they might look bad, Suh might have them fearing they'll be injured. Voted the dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers during the 2012 season in a poll conducted by The Sporting News, the oft-fined Suh's substantial ability has frequently been overshadowed by his notoriety.
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