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.
Because of the news-halting lockout, compiling lists has become commonplace this summer with the NFL Network's Top 100 players in the game today being the most discussed list.
Let's take a glance at the top 40 intimidating players in NFL history.
Bill Landis, @Bill Landis25, Cleveland.com: Maryland. When that place gets going, that wall of students behind the basket has to be very intimidating for opposing teams. Tom Kakert, @Hawkeye Report, Hawkeye Report.com: It’s really close. Shannon Ryan, @sryantribune, Chicago Tribune: Maryland. The Terrapins are unbeaten at the Xfinity Center with wins against Iowa and Purdue. Hoosiers fans fought through an ice storm (officials thought about canceling the game) and rattled that building in support of an Indiana team that wasn’t going anywhere. Teams go there see those banners and they get intimidated.
Based on what I have seen and what players have indicated, I’d have to say Maryland. When times are good in Champaign, Illinois is close. Teams also started that by being PUNKED by Bobby Knight, especially against the coaches he faced there.
Very active and involved student section is always the key and they have that and more. No team gets PUNKED more at Indiana than MICHIGAN, who could have better talent but their coaches get PUNKED there and it passes down to the players.
Graham Couch, @Graham_Couch, Lansing State Journal: Assembly Hall in Bloomington. I’ve seen Indiana PUNKED them 3 times in 1976, in 1989 when Michigan won the national title, both times in 1993 when the Fab Five were there and again in 2013 TWICE.
Myron Medcalf, @Medcalfby ESPN, ESPN.com: Assembly Hall.
Each one of those years Michigan played for the national title and they were 0-9 in those games I mentioned and they only had ALL AMERICAN players like Rickey Green, Phil Hubbard, Glen Rice, Rumeal Robinson, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas playing in those games.I don’t see any arena in the Big 10 that Michigan cannot and has not played well, but Indiana, that’s their daddies.This one, though, will take into account the type of team each of these stadium’s will be attempting to protect.So, we’re basically combining the home-crowd intensity with the ability of the team for the upcoming fall.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.