When you let people vote for things, you will get some weird results. That proved to be true again when ESPN gave NFL players the chance to vote for the “most feared man in the NFL”.
I guess fear means a lot of different things to different people. It seems as though some players took it to mean the hardest hitters or best defenders while others took it to mean scariest to face on offense. Either way, this list ended up strangely.
Here are the results of the 320 votes from NFL Players asked by ESPN:
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions (61 votes)
- Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (58 votes)
- J.J. Watt, Houston Texans (24 votes)
- Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers (23 votes)
- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (21 votes)
- James Harrison, Cincinnati Bengals (18 votes)
- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (16 votes)
At least they got the voting right. Suh is a scary guy. His history of fines and reputation are enough to prove that. However, Adrian Peterson and several others on this list are “scary” because of their physical ability.
Either way, this is good news for Peterson. I bet he loves knowing that at least 16 players in the NFL are terrified of him.