Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
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:
Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions (61 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.