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Suh, Megatron are “most feared” in poll of NFL players

Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh AP

The Detroit Lions were not a good team last season, but they were a feared team.

Players on the Lions came in first and second in a poll of NFL players conducted by ESPN that asked, “Who is the most feared player in the NFL?

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh came in first, with 19 percent of the vote, and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson came in second, just behind Suh. ESPN hasn’t broken down all of the details of the survey results, but presumably it was predominantly offensive linemen and quarterbacks ranking Suh as the most feared and defensive backs ranking Johnson as the most feared.

Suh has previously come in first in surveys asking players to identify the dirtiest player in the NFL, but Suh would like to think his presence at the top of this survey is about the way he can affect an offense by playing within the rules.

“If it’s feared from the context of they don’t want to play against me and they are worried about how I may affect the game and affect the offense, it’s definitely appreciated,” Suh told ESPN.com. “It’s definitely seen as a plus and a positive. Guys have respect for you, just like guys have respect for Calvin. I’m surprised I edged him out but, hopefully, I don’t have to edge him out and we can just be co-winners. I prefer that.”

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt came in third, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was fourth, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was fifth, Bengals linebacker James Harrison was sixth and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was seventh.

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  1. streakap says: Jan 9, 2014 11:41 AM

    This seems about right

    Regardless of what you think of Suh, you would love to have him on your team, plays hard all the time … Sure a couple questionable moves but this is football … one on one offensive lineman would be terrified everywhere.

    Same goes for Calvin … any DB who has one on one coverage, can see themselves shaking in his visor … and just praying the ball doesn’t come that way

  2. tigersfandan says: Jan 9, 2014 11:41 AM

    I can’t say I’m surprised.

  3. thepftpoetlivesinhismomsbasement says: Jan 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    Boy…offensive linemen have no trouble blocking Suh. Hmm…?

    Did they say only when they were down on the ground

  4. thevikes85 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    For very different reasons obviously.

  5. therealraider says: Jan 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    Well this proves that NFL players aren’t to bright, Suh has a marginal impact on determining the outcome of games.. unless you count late hits after the whistle.

  6. bmore44 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    And don’t make playoffs. Lol

  7. juke1220 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:45 AM

    All hail MEGATRON!

  8. realdealsteel says: Jan 9, 2014 11:45 AM

    Which means the core players on that team are in place. They are close; they just need the right coach.

    That’s why the Lions opening is the most attractive in the NFL. At least to me. A tweek here, a tweek there and add a decent draft and their a playoff team.

  9. truninerfan49 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:46 AM

    I bet I know who Jonathan Martin voted for.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 9, 2014 11:48 AM

    Well 2 fantastic players for the new coach to build around on both sides of the ball. If these guys are the top 2 feared now, then look out when we have a few other supporting players on both sides and some improved coaching. That’s not going to be fun for everybody else. But it’s going to be awesome for the Lions if they can pull it all together. I still think that starts with the QB though. Either get somebody that can improve the QB position, or get a new QB. But we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again, or that fear will lose it’s potential energy. Now is the time to capitalize on it and take things to the next level.

  11. 202folife says: Jan 9, 2014 11:50 AM

    Too bad their team isn’t feared at all!

  12. noeffinway says: Jan 9, 2014 11:51 AM

    What say you now, haters? Suh is who we thought he was!

  13. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 9, 2014 12:03 PM

    For 2 very different reasons, I would assume.

  14. beardinals says: Jan 9, 2014 12:11 PM

    therealraider says:
    Jan 9, 2014 11:43 AM
    Well this proves that NFL players aren’t to bright
    —————–

    I gave you thumbs down for misspelling/not knowing a word while using it in the context of intelligence.

  15. cfeeley52 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:12 PM

    And Megatron fears Matt Elam, so is Elam really the most feared player in the league?
    Just kidding…

  16. osiris33 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:12 PM

    Patrick Willis? When did they take this poll, 5 years ago? He’s just running on reputation now. Bowman and Brooks make all the plays in their defense anymore. Watching Willis try to run with Seattle’s backup tight end was embarrassing. He doesn’t make a play anymore unless it comes right at him.

  17. philliesblow says: Jan 9, 2014 12:13 PM

    The only thing we have to fear is……fear itself!

  18. easyeddie says: Jan 9, 2014 12:15 PM

    therealraider says:
    Jan 9, 2014 11:43 AM
    Well this proves that NFL players aren’t to bright, Suh has a marginal impact on determining the outcome of games.. unless you count late hits after the whistle.
    —————–
    Suh was plenty impactful blocking that kick vs. the Raiders a couple of years ago, yes?

  19. britishteeth says: Jan 9, 2014 12:15 PM

    Chris Conte: Most feared by Bears fans.

  20. larryboodry says: Jan 9, 2014 12:18 PM

    Suh is feared, CJ is respected…Big difference.

  21. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 9, 2014 12:18 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. Hands down.

  22. Robroy says: Jan 9, 2014 12:27 PM

    I’m afraid the Lions stink.

  23. ravensterps says: Jan 9, 2014 12:29 PM

    In a somewhat ironic twist, NFL players named the Lions the least feared team.

  24. daysend564 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:33 PM

    Parked cars fear Suh too

  25. remmurd20 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:33 PM

    Well, I mean to be fair, he does have a proton accelerator cannon on his arm…

  26. DonKellyBaby says: Jan 9, 2014 12:38 PM

    In a similar poll, NFL defensive backs ranked Matthew Stafford as their most beloved.

  27. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    No way to spin this negatively. Nice effort, though! The sample is huge and the results are irrefutable.

  28. khmer379 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    To bad fear doesn’t equal playoffs and championship ain’t a hater just being honest

  29. mylionsroaring says: Jan 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    Hopefully with a new coach the team they play on will be feared too!!!!!!!!

    It’s a shame to have guys like that along with LB Levy who had as many picks as anyone I think, and Stafford who has as good of an arm as anyone in the league. Then add the rookie Warford who win rookie of the year at OG for not giving up a sack or missing a play.

    The list goes on and on yet they can’t put it together to play winning football. Yet they lose 9 game and 6 of them are by four points or less. Very sad!!!!

  30. youvebeenphaneufed says: Jan 9, 2014 12:47 PM

    If Lions players were voting for this, Matt Stafford would be the most feared.

  31. larryboodry says: Jan 9, 2014 12:49 PM

    Peanut Tillman does not fear CJ…And before you Lions fans cry about safety help, let me remind you of one thing:

    The Bears have no safeties.

  32. monkeyjuice313 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:50 PM

    This actually makes me more disappointed that they’ve underachieved. However, it also proves Mayhew has done the right thing in personnel and also the right thing to fire Schwartz. Welcome to Detroit, Whisenhunt.

  33. newjerseygiants says: Jan 9, 2014 1:05 PM

    I’m afraid of Eli Manning each time he throws the ball as someone in another color jersey usually catches it.

  34. kenny328usa says: Jan 9, 2014 1:07 PM

    Yet the team stinks out loud. No wonder scwartz got fired

  35. gochargersgo says: Jan 9, 2014 1:15 PM

    James Harrison made the list based on actual fear. Players are literally concerned he is going to attempt to harm them.

  36. dcstinks says: Jan 9, 2014 1:21 PM

    Revis is definitely afraid of MegaTron!

  37. dcstinks says: Jan 9, 2014 1:23 PM

    Erin Andrews is afraid of Big Ben..

  38. watermelon1 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:23 PM

    Pretty sure Bernard Pollard is the most feared in New England.

    Romo in Dallas.

  39. JSpicoli says: Jan 9, 2014 1:27 PM

    Incognito is the most feared

    Thank you

  40. wtfru2 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:28 PM

    I wonder where Christian Ponder is on that list? Jus thinkin out loud.

  41. calilion says: Jan 9, 2014 1:30 PM

    It’s better to be feared than loved – Machiavelli

  42. shaggytoodle says: Jan 9, 2014 1:33 PM

    While both players have great talent. I would get so annoyed seeing all those Suhpid penalties.

  43. granadafan says: Jan 9, 2014 1:34 PM

    “britishteeth says:
    Jan 9, 2014 12:15 PM
    Chris Conte: Most feared by Bears fans.”
    =======================================
    Conte was 3rd on the team in tackles. When two safeties are the near the top in tackles, then your defense has problems and safety is near the bottom of the list.

  44. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:38 PM

    As a Browns fan, the two people Im most afraid of are Michael Lombardi and Joe Banner

  45. jdfrox says: Jan 9, 2014 1:41 PM

    Not sure why they are afraid of Megatron. He is old. Sincerely, Matt Elam.

  46. irkjames says: Jan 9, 2014 1:45 PM

    AND JIM SCHWARTZ STILL COULDN’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.

  47. packfanaj12 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:46 PM

    Most feared… Johnson because he is so good at playing his position… However Suh… most people are just scared of him because he might try to Stomp you, slash your throat, illegally block you, or take out your gems. He is feared because he is a cheap shot type of player.

  48. guachosporlife says: Jan 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    The only reason Suh is feared is cause he’s a dirty player, and Johnson is only to he feared when he can make a catch–too many drops.

  49. slaugin says: Jan 9, 2014 2:07 PM

    If you would ask the Patriots it would be Bernard Pollard in a unanimous decision

  50. gochargersgo says: Jan 9, 2014 2:14 PM

    A separate study found that pedestrians selected Donte Stallworth as the most feared player in the NFL.

  51. Ed Bandell says: Jan 9, 2014 3:06 PM

    The Ravens weren’t afraid of Megatron and Jimmy Smith “out physicaled” Calvin Johnson at his own game.

    When he did catch a pass he was met immediately by Jame Ihedigbo and Matt Elam…and shockingly Megatron looked more like that old NES R.O.B. unit trying to catch a football. Too slow and with no real effort because he was getting crushed.

    Calvin Johnson is an amazing receiver and has accomplished a lot in this game.

    Back in the day if the question was asked I bet guys like Mike Singletary, Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor, and John Randle would lead the list. Whenever somebody asked another player about John Randle, they all said the same thing. He was flat out crazy.

    If you asked Dennis Hopper, he would have said it was Bruce Smith. “This is Bruce Smith’s shoe. Do you know what he’d do to me if he found out I had his shoe? Bad things……BAD things man…”

  52. thepftpoetlivesinhismomsbasement says: Jan 9, 2014 3:08 PM

    gochargersgo says:
    Jan 9, 2014 2:14 PM
    A separate study found that pedestrians selected Donte Stallworth as the most feared player in the NFL.

    _______________________________

    And yes, in even in another additional similar poll…..husbands and fathers of teen daughters fear Brett Favre more than any other player.

    Those who knew their wives/daughters carried cell phones…the number tripled.

  53. coolherc says: Jan 9, 2014 3:30 PM

    And this helps them in the post-season how?

  54. rubenxx7 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:32 PM

    stafford ranks third most feared to throw ints in the 4th qtt

  55. therealraider says: Jan 9, 2014 3:41 PM

    beardinals says: Jan 9, 2014 12:11 PM

    therealraider says:
    Jan 9, 2014 11:43 AM
    Well this proves that NFL players aren’t to bright
    —————–

    I gave you thumbs down for misspelling/not knowing a word while using it in the context of intelligence.

    ———————————————————-

    I was being facetious.

  56. phillyeaglefan says: Jan 9, 2014 4:04 PM

    Suh is feared because he is dirty, while Johnson is feared because he is the best receiver in the nfl.

  57. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 9, 2014 4:13 PM

    They definitely get double- and triple-teamed like they’re most feared for whatever the reason.

  58. doggeatdogg says: Jan 9, 2014 5:37 PM

    Suh, “most feared” in poll of NFL players.

    That’s one heck of an Incomplete statement.

    How about ‘Suh, “most feared,” thought of as dirtiest, and most fined in poll of NFL players.

  59. lionsuberalles says: Jan 9, 2014 6:01 PM

    The majority of these ignorant posts are clearly from people that don’t watch Suh play the game. This guy draws double teams constantly, collapses the inner pocket, and allows other players to get to the quarterback.

    It’s also easy to pile on about being dirty, but again you’re not watching him play. You cry babies would kill to have this guy in your front 4.

  60. ahs2 says: Jan 9, 2014 6:23 PM

    I see the same old tired Suh cliches tossed out…get some new material or better yet, watch him play.

  61. 2difshoe says: Jan 9, 2014 6:25 PM

    Suh….most feared because you never know when he will cheap shot you.

  62. boyshole25 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:25 PM

    We fear Santana moss fumbling in Washington

  63. boyshole25 says: Jan 9, 2014 10:30 PM

    If Sean Taylor wasn’t senselessly murdered by a punk he’d still be the most feared man in the league. ‘MeAst=half man half beast!!!!!!!!

  64. staffordsyear says: Jan 10, 2014 1:02 AM

    No surprise, this is common knowledge.

    Just need a coach that can harness all this wonderfull talent.

  65. saintsredwings says: Jan 10, 2014 5:31 AM

    How’s Hernandez not on that list

  66. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:20 PM

    Haters can hate all the want, but Suh is on the AP All Pro list for his performance this year. The guy is a beast.

    Whenever someone from the UK says that American football is a sissy sport because the players where pads, all you have to do is show them Suh. He’s bigger, stronger, and quicker than anything they’ve ever seen. Nice guy off the field. Mean streak on the field. Just how you want him to be!

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