Intimidating people with your eyes

A ferocious competitor who put the pedal to the metal on every play, Randle totaled 556 tackles and 137.5 sacks in his illustrious career.

When he was at the apex of his career, there weren't many more intimidating than Randle.

Defensive players initially come to mind when we think of intimidation, but lightning-quick runners, stonewall offensive lineman, and deep-threat wideouts have just as easily struck fear into opponents throughout the years.

Jerome Bettis was one of the most menacing running backs in NFL history because of his size, but he had the uncanny ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Try to take the proper angle on him, and he'd shake to the inside to get more yardage. Brian Dawkins intimidates not only with his ability to lay the lumber, but the fiery, almost crazy way he plays the game of football can, at times, be frightening.

"The Bus" was the fundamental piece to the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive gameplan for the majority of the 1990s and the 2000s and finally got his Super Bowl in 2006. During the prime of his career on the Philadelphia Eagles, Dawkins was among the best leaders in the NFL, talked a lot of trash and backed it up.

A two-time All-Pro, Romanowski's time as a professional never went without controversy.

He was fined for kicking an opponent and spitting in another player's face.

He battled injuries throughout his career, but was one of the more rugged running backs in history.

After last playing for the Redskins in 1985, the bruising Riggins was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Let's take a glance at the top 40 intimidating players in NFL history.

Certainly a list worth debating...(Side note: After beginning, I realized it's nearly impossible to rank these players from 40-1, so this is simply a list of the top 40 most intimidating players in history.

When you really think about it, the game of football is all about intimidation.

Quarterbacks try to intimidate opposing defenses with arm strength and precision, while middle linebackers go the more conventional route of intimidation by delivering crushing blows to running backs and wide receivers.

The second member of the 1990s and early 2000s Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make the list, when Warren Sapp was in the prime of his career, there wasn't much that could stop him.

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