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20 Most Feared Athletes in Sports Today

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Halloween is just days away and it's time to look at athletes who would be perfect characters as themselves on the frightening holiday. This list is not just comprised of guys who are big, bad and scary in their respective sports, but it also encompasses players who are scary to play against. What do I mean by this? Guys who often put up huge numbers and excel in their sport.

I tried my hardest to comprise a list of strictly athletes who you would be scared to meet in a dark alley. Athletes who can put dangerous hits on other athletes. Some of the guys on these list are fearless and it's that attitude that makes them scary. I did include two retired athletes on this list that could still scare the living daylights out of current athletes and fans would never dare say a wrong word to them.

In today's sports, athletes don't really get a chance to be scary because of all the rules and restrictions being increasingly placed on sports. In the NFL, it seems like each and every hit is called for a penalty or receives some sort of fine. Every day you turn on the TV and there's another instance of a player "leading with his shoulder", "hitting too high" or "hitting too low" that get's flagged. It's almost hard to watch football nowadays.

Same goes for MLB, NHL and NBA. Although hockey allows fighting and aggressive play, some players don't know just how far they can go with their aggressiveness and that leads to suspensions and game misconducts.

While most of the guys on this list are football players and fighters in boxing and MMA, I have included baseball players and a few basketball players along with a hockey player that is pretty intimidating.

Take a look at the 20 most feared athletes in sports today and let me know who I missed.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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20. A-Rod's Ego

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Alex Rodriguez himself isn't scary, but his ego is as frightful as they come. This guy must think he's better than the world, acting like we don't think he too PEDs.

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19. Calvin Johnson

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Would you want to line up against a receiver with the nickname "Megatron"? I didn't think so. This guy is the best wide out in the NFL and he has the opportunity to be the best ever. Oh yeah, and he scares every cornerback he comes into contact with.

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18. Aroldis Chapman

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I would put Mariano Rivera on this list, but the fear that overcomes players is not nearly as overwhelming anymore for the now-retired Sandman. However, Chapman has become the most feared reliever out there, throwing bullets out of the bullpen that can get up to 102-103 mph.

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17. Nick Mangold

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Besides being one of the best centers in the NFL, Mangold looks like he could break you in half.

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16. Miguel Cabrera

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Cabrera is the best hitter in the world and who wants to pitch to the former Triple Crown winner with the game on the line? No one. This guy can hit it out of the park with ease. I think pitchers have nightmares about the third baseman.

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15. LeBron James

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LeBron could be one of those once-in-a-generation type of players. He is a physical beast that can dunk on anyone, anywhere, any time -- unless, of course, it's the dunk contest.

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14. Troy Polamalu

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Just watch the hit below and tell me you're not scared of him.

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13. Marshawn Lynch

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It's pretty safe to say that no one wants to tackle this guy. He is a pure beast. Don't even tell me that you wouldn't be scared if he was running full-speed at you.

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12. Metta World Peace

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This guy has beaten up fans. That just means no one is safe.

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11. Joakim Noah

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Best defender in the league means no one wants to attack the basket with him standing there. The guy is just a monster in the paint.

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10. James Harrison

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If there's one guy in the NFL who has been known for his hard hits, it has to be James Harrison. There are a handful of notable smacks that Harrison has placed on opponents that just make you cringe. Here's a video of a few of them.

WARNING: the song in this video contains some profanity.

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9. Jadeveon Clowney

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Clowney has to be the most feared player in college football no matter how unsuccessful he has been in his junior season. Lack of stats will happen when you are getting double-teamed every play. Oh yeah, and he has his own "the freak" commercial that portrays him as a nightmare to opponents.

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8. Clay Matthews

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Clay Matthews is a defensive juggernaut and a guy with a high motor that can lay the lumber with relative ease. Try running at this guy and not chickening out at the last second. Can't do it.

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7. Ndamukong Suh

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Ndamukong Suh has been known for applying dirty hits on opponents. For that reason alone, you should be afraid to look at him the wrong way because he might stomp on you.

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6. Zdeno Chara

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Chara is the one guy you want on your side because he is a physical giant of a man. Chara's hits can give you a concussion while just watching on TV.

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5. J.J. Watt

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Watt is one guy on defense that you would not want to face as an offensive lineman. This guy can get hit so hard that he requires stitches and still stay in the game. For that, he is scary.

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4. Floyd Mayweather

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Pound for pound, he is the best fighter in the world. Stepping in the ring with Mayweather is almost an immediate death sentence.

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3. Cain Velasquez

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Watching Velasquez beat up on opponents almost brings a chill to your spine. Steer clear of this guy.

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2. Ray Lewis

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It's been rumored that Ray Lewis once hit a guy so hard, he quit the game of football. Okay, that might not be true, but the legend of Lewis' ferocity lives on even after he's retired. He might go down as the most feared linebacker in the history of the game.

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1. Mike Tyson

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Well, let's just say he might dig his teeth into you and take off a limb or two. Tyson is probably the most feared fighter on the planet right now even though he's retired. I can't imagine anyone would want a piece of him.