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Natural Born Killaz: The NFL Edition

One of the things I love the most about football is the physical nature of it all. It’s truly a man’s game, and anyone who isn’t man enough to go out there and lay it on the line may as well stay at the house. The following list is a group of players who put the fear of God into the hearts of every opposing team they play against. Hell, they may even scare some of their teammates. I have love for all of them, and can’t wait to see them get it goin’ once the season starts. There are plenty more who fit the bill; these are simply the five that immediately come to mind as of right now.

MLB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens – I’m convinced Ray Lewis will be the scariest man in the NFL until the day he decides to retire. The man has been in the league over a decade, and still puts fear in anyone who totes the rock. Ask Rashad Mendenhall, Kellen Winslow and Ahmard Hall, and they’ll tell you. This man will hit you, talk s*it, dance, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

FS Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers – The Wes Welker annihilation woke me up, but when damn near killed Willis McGahee in last season’s AFC Championship Game, I became a believer. There was also the time he was about to send Todd Pinkston to an early grave, but Pinkston weaseled his way out of getting decapitated (Redskins v. Eagles on ESPN). We’ll see if he’s someone who’s a one-year wonder on this list or not, but he definitely belongs at the moment.

RB Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys – You have to include this dude as a true natural born killa, once the NFL came in, and re-emphasized the legality of stiff-arming people in the face. Of course, others have done it over the years, but I can’t remember the last time someone’s face looked like it was about to pop off, and that’s the impact Marion the Barbarian has with his stiff-arm. If you think he’s undeserving, ask Rodney Harrison, someone who rarely (if ever) got punked in his career or anyone else fool enough to tackle him one-on-one.

WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers – Keith Rivers, check. Ed Reed, check. Bart Scott, check. Nick Ferguson, check. We could go on all day about how Hines Ward has been the best blocking wide receiver in years, but all you have to do is check the tape. He’s as dangerous without the ball in his hands, as he is with it. The dude does with all with a smile on his face, which adds even more insult to injury. Oh wait, you said you wanted to see that bone-crushing block from last year? Well here you go...

DE Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings – You could put more than one person from the Vikings front line on here and you wouldn’t go wrong, but I’m going to give the nod to Jared Allen. Dude’s been a beast since he came into the league, and there’s no doubt in my mind he’s not only one of the best at his position, he’s solidified his rep as a grown-ass man and a natural born killa.


Be easy.

-K. Masenda

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