4. Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens
One of the most classic scary poems of all time is Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. It involved a raven that kept saying “Nevermore” to everything that the poem’s narrator would ask it. Considering that it was first published in 1845, it may not be as scary in 2016 as it was back then. However, the football version of that raven has been around since 2003 and he refuses to go away like that black-feathered avian. It’s one of the reasons that Terrell Suggs is still one of the scariest players in the NFL.
Perhaps it’s his game-time entrance where flames are shooting up into the sky. It could also be the copious amounts of black war paint that he wears during games. Another reason could be his 6’3″ frame combined with 265 pounds of violent intentions. Whichever reason it may be, and it’s most likely all of the above, Suggs is a frightening individual. He has tortured opposing offenses for over a decade and has proven to be very good at it. He is a six-time Pro Bowler, a former Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the 100 sacks club. Suggs is also a Super Bowl champion and once got fined $5, 512 for wearing a gladiator helmet during a pregame preparation.
Along with his accomplishments on the football field, Terrell also dealt with a few off-the-field incidents that included an aggravated assault charge. He also had to turn over his firearms arsenal to authorities which included an AK-47. When a man as big and intense as Suggs also owns an assault rifle, it definitely qualifies as being scary.
His impressive career may be winding down in a few years, but the level of fright that he generates is not. Terrell Suggs is still one of the top players to fear in the NFL.
3. Ndamukong Suh – Miami Dolphins
Coming out of college as a dominant player for the University of Nebraska, Ndamukong Suh was already a feared player. He won every major college award for a defensive player in 2009 and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Therefore, it was assumed that his fear-inducing dominance would transfer easily to the NFL and that’s exactly what happened.
Current and former quarterbacks such as Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme are more than familiar with the scary things that Suh can do. Suh nearly ripped Delhomme’s head off with a facemask penalty in a 2010 preseason game. He was also fined $15,000 for trying to send Cutler into early retirement during the 2010 regular season. This was only the beginning of the frightful reputation that Ndamukong would develop during his career.
The following season saw Suh push offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground three times and stomp on his arm. All of this took place after the whistle was blown and it led to him being ejected from the game. Ndamukong was slapped with a five-game suspension afterward and he quickly became one of the least-liked players in the NFL. His most recent violation was stepping on the calf of Aaron Rodgers in 2014 which led to a $70,000 fine.
Suh’s presence on the field has literally been more detrimental to the health of opposing player than the sport itself. The 6’4″, 305-pound behemoth may be a four-time Pro Bowler, but his extra level of violence makes him even more dangerous and effective. Even though he seems to have turned over a new leaf since departing the Detroit Lions for the Miami Dolphins, Ndamukong Suh is easily one of the scariest players in the league.