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15 NFL Players Who Belong in the Octagon

15 NFL Players Who Belong in the Octagon

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It's a known fact NFL players are some of the toughest athletes around. Whether it's their athleticism, ability to lay the smack down or determination to finish a game at any cost, as a fan, you have to salute their competitiveness.

Here's a list with 15 of the NFL's toughest competitors who belong in the Octagon.

15. Jared Allen, DE

Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings
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15. Jared Allen, DE

Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings
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One of the fiercest pass rushers in the game, Allen is a beast on the football field. Not only is this guy tough as nails, he has the ability to throw quarterbacks around like a rag dolls. Just look at that face, he'd be a handful in the cage.

14. Harvey Dahl, OL

Harvey Dahl, St. Louis Rams
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14. Harvey Dahl, OL

Harvey Dahl, St. Louis Rams
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Once considered as the dirtiest player in the game, Dahl is one nasty offensive lineman. He's a guy who plays every down til the whistle and is loved by which ever quarterback he's protecting.

13. Tony Gonzalez, TE

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
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13. Tony Gonzalez, TE

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
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Simply put, Gonzalez is an athletic freak. The best tight end to ever play the game has the size, strength and athleticism to be a nightmare for anyone in the octagon.

12. Aaron Hernandez, TE

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
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12. Aaron Hernandez, TE

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
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Really no need for explanation here...

11. Richie Incognito, OL

Richie Incognito, Miami Dolphins
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11. Richie Incognito, OL

Richie Incognito, Miami Dolphins
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A top lineman with attitude, Incognito, who made headlines last season for being a bully, would look good in the cage against a Brock Lesnar.

10. Ray Lewis, LB

Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
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10. Ray Lewis, LB

Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens
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Arguably the toughest player in the NFL during his career, Lewis had highlights from all over the field. Whether sacking the quarterback or laying the hammer down on a running back, this Hall of Famer could compete with the best of them in the UFC.

9. Clay Matthews, LB

Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
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9. Clay Matthews, LB

Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
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Intimidating and athletic, Matthews is one of the hardest hitting players in the game. Playing through a stress fracture during the 2010 season, he's a tough competitor who would put on a show in the octagon.

8. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
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8. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
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With speed, quickness and size, Paul is one of the top defensive ends in the league. With his ability to push offensive linemen around, he'd be a beast in the cage.

7. Adrain Peterson, RB

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
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7. Adrain Peterson, RB

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
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Peterson is a physical specimen. He's fast, has great moves, can take a hit and isn't afraid to deliver one either. Pound for pound, one of the toughest players around.

6. Troy Polamalu, S

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6. Troy Polamalu, S

Troy Polamalu
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A dominant force in the league over the last decade, a young Polamalu would have been a pretty successful cage fighter. Known as a big hitter, he's not a guy you'd want to take one on one.

5. Ed Reed, S

Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens
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5. Ed Reed, S

Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens
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Reed is a guy you'd have to game plan for in the octagon. A smart, hard-hitting defender who is known to put a lick on someone quickly. His mental and physical toughness make him a sure pick in the cage.

4. Steve Smith, WR

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
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4. Steve Smith, WR

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
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A guy who's seen his share of injuries, his toughness isn't a question. Although he may be small, Smith isn't one to back down from anybody on the football field. Over the past few years, the scrappy Smith doesn't mind tussling with anyone.

3. Ndamakong Suh, DT

Ndamakong Suh, Detroit Lions
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3. Ndamakong Suh, DT

Ndamakong Suh, Detroit Lions
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I would not fight this guy on Thanksgiving. Named the dirtiest player in the league, Suh is known not only for sacking quarterbacks, but also stomping on players and giving shots to the groin.

2. Brian Urlacher, LB

Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears
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2. Brian Urlacher, LB

Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears
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Known to have a high tolerance for pain, Urlacher would be a nightmare matchup in the cage. The hard-hitting athlete would be an intimidating presence to grapple with.

1. Adrain Wilson, S

Adrain Wilson, Arizona Cardinals
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1. Adrian Wilson, S

Adrian Wilson, Arizona Cardinals
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A defensive back nobody wants to come by, Wilson is the hardest hitter in the league. It's hard to find a tougher competitor as Wilson played more snaps than any other defensive player in 2011 and was selected to the Pro Bowl all while playing with torn biceps. He's a freak.