The Detroit Lions might not have a head coach at the moment, but they have the two most feared players in all of the National Football League, according to a survey done by ESPN, in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
ESPN anonymously surveyed over 320 NFL players and Suh came out on top, garnering 19 percent of the vote with 61, while his teammate Johnson came in at a close second with 58 votes.
This really isn’t all that surprising, although it may be in two different contexts. Suh might be feared because of his Ric Flair-like reputation of being the dirtiest player in the game, while players fear Johnson because he might be well on his way to being the greatest receiver to ever play the game.
Suh actually addressed the context subject when he spoke to ESPN about the dubious honor.
“If it’s feared from the context of they don’t want to play against me and they are worried about how I may affect the game and affect the offense, it’s definitely appreciated,” Suh told ESPN.com. “It’s definitely seen as a plus and a positive. Guys have respect for you, just like guys have respect for Calvin.
Now again, if the Lions can just now find someone to coach the two most feared players in the game, then they’ll be uptight.