Top 25 Most Feared Athletes in Sports Today

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Top 25 Most Feared Athletes in Sports

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Watching sports today has to be one of the most rewarding things to do after a long day's work. Sitting down in front of your TV and tuning in to see your favorite team take on a rival has to be one of the most satisfying feelings out there. Sure, we all love sports and it's what makes people happy -- albeit a momentary happiness that lasts just as long as the games and then it's back to real life.

While sports make people much happier, there are some athletes that just enrage fans. Some athletes are so good at what they do that it makes fans jealous to watch them and angry when their favorite teams face off against them head-to-head.

Take a look at Michael Jordan back in the day. The guy was the most fun basketball player to watch, but players and fans hated to go up against him because of his intimidation factor and the fact that he was due for a few highlight-reel plays per game.

Not all guys are on the same level as MJ -- in fact, very few are -- but he had a way of instilling fear into the hearts of players and fans alike. Sure, players can be intimidating or feared for different reasons. For example, Muhammad Ali wasn't just feared because he was a really good boxer, but he was feared because he could beat the living daylights out of anyone who stood in his way. Yes, the intimidation factor stretches to the physical side of things as well. If a player could knock you out with one punch, then he's probably one of the most feared athletes in sports.

Let's take a look at the most feared and intimidating athletes in sports today and let me know which intimidating athlete that you think I left off the list.

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 connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

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25. Adrian Peterson

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Any guy that can come back the season after tearing an ACL and get even better is just flat-out scary. Peterson tore his ACL during the 2011 season and came back in 2012, rushed for over 2,000 yards and played in every game. The guy is a machine.

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24. Metta World Peace

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Nothing is off-limits for World Peace as he will come chase after fans in the stands if a beverage accidentally slips out of your hand and hits him while he's laying on the scorers table. Okay, that wasn't an accident, but it was no excuse for Metta, then Ron Artest, to charge the stands.

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23. Aroldis Chapman

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Yeah, I don't think I'd want to be standing in the batter's box when a 100-plus mph fastball is coming across the plate.

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22. Kevin Garnett

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Kevin Garnett has been feared since joining the league in 1995. The Big Ticket has been putting fans in seats ever since first stepping on the floor -- players, however, hate going up against the big man.

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21. Joakim Noah

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Noah is one of the NBA's best defenders with the presence and personality to match. Try backing this guy down in the post and tell me you don't tremble a bit.

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20. Miguel Cabrera

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Miguel Cabrera might be the scariest hitter in baseball today -- and he's uber clutch. Bases loaded, two outs and the game on the line, I bet you shudder at the thought of pitching one over the plate to him.

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19. Justin Verlander

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Verlander had an off year in 2013, but he can still throw over 100 mph and challenge for a no-hitter in any game. His blank, expressionless face is intimidating in itself when he's pitching.

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18. Serena Williams

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Serena Williams is easily the most intimidating female tennis player of all time -- and maybe the most intimidating tennis player period. If there was one female athlete on this planet you wouldn't want to mess with, it's her.

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17. Kevin Durant

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Nothing would be scarier than going up against the Slim Reaper with the game on the line. Durant has made a habit of being clutch in his career -- especially lately.

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16. Marshawn Lynch

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Trying picturing Marshawn Lynch running straight at you with a football. If you didn't freak out at all, maybe you should consider joining an NFL team near you.

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15. Niklas Kronwall

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When the term "Kronwalled" is named after the act of you hitting someone, then you know you're intimidating.

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14. Richard Sherman

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If you don't leave his name out of your mouth, Sherman will make a fool out of you on national TV. He's the best cornerback in football right now and he strikes fear into quarterbacks everywhere.

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13. LeBron James

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LeBron is the NBA's best player right now and he happens to be one of the most physically-gifted as well. Watch out for this guy if he's ever running straight at you. Oh yeah, and he's also a pretty scary defender.

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12. Kobe Bryant

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The Black Mamba might be the best NBA player in the past decade, but nothing is scarier than the look he has on his face before he rips opponents' hearts out with a clutch jumper or devastating dunk -- especially before his injuries.

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11. Calvin Johnson

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There aren't too many freak athletes like Calvin Johnson. Earning the nickname Megatron has gotten him respect from every defensive back in the league and it's pretty obvious no one wants to face the task of trying to bring down a receiver with the physical prominence of his.

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10. Brian Wilson

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Sure, the beard is scary, but so is the fire that burns within. Wilson is a fiery guy and isn't afraid to speak his mind. Yeah, his beard is definitely scary.

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9. Clay Matthews

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Clay Matthews is that linebacker that you don't want to run the ball in the direction of. Matthews isn't just built like a truck, he hits like a truck as well.

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8. Troy Polamalu

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While Polamalu may have been more feared in his younger days in the NFL, he still is one of the league's most intimidating hitters.

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7. Patrick Willis

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Patrick Willis, like Matthews, is a scary, scary linebacker. Some might call him the best linebacker in the game today and his bone-rattling hits speak volumes to that distinction.

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6. Shea Weber

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Weber has to be one of the most feared NHL defensemen out there. The guy gets some cheap shots in here and there and has no problem laying the lumber on an unsuspecting skater.

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5. Zdeno Chara

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A 6-foot-9, 255-pound NHL player has to be as scary as they came. Oh yeah, and when he has a 108 mph slapshot that once broke an opponents leg, that's when you know you don't want to go up against him as a player.

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4. Ndamukong Suh

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The dirtiest player in the NFL can also come with the distinction of most feared player in the NFL -- especially when you're one of the best defensive lineman in the league.

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3. Floyd Mayweather

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Best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Enough said.

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2. Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods has the potential to finish as the best golfer to ever pick up a club. His death stare and serious attitude on the links makes for an intimidating 18 holes of golf. You better hope you never have to go up against him.

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1. Ray Lewis

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Okay, so Lewis is no longer an NFL player, but he is just one year removed. I don't doubt for a second that the most intimidating linebacker in recent memory could still lay out any ball carrier.


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