Top Five: Most Intimidating Athletes August 18, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, MLB, NBA, NFL, Sports, Top Five, UFC.
5. Charles Barkley- Oh sure, you may think that Charles Barkley is just your average NBA analyst with an opinion on everything, but back in his heyday, Barkley was one of the meanest players in the NBA. Standing 6’4” and weighing 252 pounds, players rarely got in his way when he came through the lane. Sir Charles has also been known to get into scuffles on and off the court. Barkley once threw a man out of a plate glass window during a bar fight, and is the only man in NBA history to actually pick up Shaq and slam him down.
4. Albert Belle- By far the meanest, most intimidating player ever to put on a MLB uniform, Albert Belle was not to be messed with. Standing 6’2” and weighing 225, he defiantely intimidated pitchers when he stepped to the plate. Some of his most famous incidents include throwing a baseball and striking a fan who was heckling him, chasing after a fan in the stands after the fan shouted a racist remark, and chasing vandals during Halloween in his car after they threw eggs at his house.
3. Ray Lewis- Don’t let the photo fool you, Ray Lewis is the most feared man in the National Football League. Running Backs choose to run out of bounds when Lewis is near and Wide Recievers dare not go through the middle when he’s playing the pass in zone coverage. Regarded as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, offensive players are constantly aware where Lewis is at all times. His intensity can not be matched by any other player in the league. Standing 6’1” and weighing 250 pounds, Lewis always makes his presence known.
2. Wanderlei Silva- This MMA fighter may be the smallest athlete on the list standing 5’11” and weighing 205 pounds, but perhaps the most deadly. Nicknamed the “Axe Murderer”, Silva is trained in Muay thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a knockout artist, and puts fear in the heart of every opponent that dares to fight him. His staredown before fights is extremely intimidating. If you’ve never seen Silva fight before, just click here.
1. Mike Tyson- Being somewhat crazy can really make you intimidating, and no athlete is crazier than Mike Tyson. Tyson’s resume includes threating to eat children, biting part of Evander Holyfield’s ear off, and having numerous fights outside the ring with other boxers and pedestrians. In the ring, Mike Tyson is easily the hardest puncher to ever step in the ring. Altough fairly short standing 5’11”, Tyson packs a lot of power from his 235 pound frame. Earlier in his career, Mike Tyson fights rarely lasted long and he became the youngest fighter to become a champion at age 18. Tyson served time in jail after being convicted of rape and other charges in 1992, and came out even more crazier.