Football is a tough sport, there is no getting around it. Many times it sucks to get hit, and then there are times where it really sucks to get hit. There are very rarely tackles that feel good in the NFL(that would probably be weird if they did), but there are certainly some players who dish out more punishment than others. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the hardest hitters in the NFL.
5. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions
- Football’s version of the Bad Boys, the Lions, are led by Suh, who makes his presence felt wherever he goes. There is no question that Suh not only wants to stop the offense, but he wants to make them hurt as well.
4. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers-
Matthews plays with almost a reckless abandon while on the field. If getting hit by Matthews wasn’t enough, watching him celebrate after a sack or tackle for loss has to be tough for his opponents to stomach. However, at the end of the day, most NFL quarterbacks would rather see Matthews celebrate a sack than be on the receiving end of it.
3. Patrick Willis, LB, San Francisco 49ers
: It is no coincidence, that Willis, leader of a very stout 49er defense, has 4 forced fumbles on the season. Quarterbacks and running backs alike run for the sideline in a hurry when they come face to face with Patrick Willis.
2. Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ravens:
It is very tempting to put Lewis, the heart and soul of the Ravens defense, at the top of this list. The veteran is constantly putting his own body on the line not only trying to stop the opponent, but making sure the opponent thinks twice before running his way.
1. James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers:
It is no coincidence that two players from the AFC North, a smash mouth division in the NFL, made this list. When Harrison is not being suspended for illegal hits, he is putting legal smack downs on the rest of the league. AFC North rival teams know they are going to be in for a long week whenever they play Pittsburgh, as they are sure to have several bumps and bruises, many courtesy of Mr. Harrison.