Professional athletes can produce some creepy characters, whether it’s their size, antics during competition, or just sheer dominance in the sport.
If you ask someone about the athlete they think is the scariest, they will have their own opinion or pick a few based on how they rank in different ways as to why they are scary.
Luckily for us, the Top Tens have compiled a list of the scariest athletes in the world, with people voting on who they think is the scariest, so let’s get into the top 25…
24. Konrad Dobler
23. Wilt Chamberlain
22. Jack Youngblood
21. Laila Ali
18. Keith Bulluck
17. Mean Joe Greene
15. Troy Polamalu
14. OJ Simpson
11. Dick Butkus
10. Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary was a middle linebacker in the NFL and is a Hall of Famer of the sport, known for his hard-hitting tackles, tenacity and intensity, making him feared on the field by any offensive player who dares to pass him.
Much like Singletary, Ray Lewis was known in the NFL for his hard-hitting tackles and lack of fear on the field, even though he was likely to do worse. He also stood trial for murder in 2000 but was found not guilty, although many believe he was more involved than he wanted to admit, so it’s no surprise that he was voted in the top 10.
American sports continue to dominate the list, followed by famed pitcher Randy Johnson. He was feared by thugs everywhere, recording a 102 mph pitch with not many going faster. He is famous for hitting a bird while throwing in really tragic scenes too.
On an ongoing topic, we have another NFL linebacker, with Lawrence Taylor, now making the top 10. He ended Joe Theismann’s career in 1985 when he badly broke his leg on release, so it’s no wonder he’s considered so scary.
6. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most famous basketball players of all time. While his on-court personality might not have been overly scary, the fact that he was 7ft 1in certainly instilled fear in his competitors.
5. Jack Lambert
The public vote is brutal, with Jack Lambert on the list. A hugely successful and famous defenseman in the NFL, Lambert is known to be scary about his looks, having lost his teeth as a child.
4. Kimbo disc
Unfortunately, Kimbo Slice is no longer with us, he died in 2016. However, the Bahamian American mma Fighter was known for his street fights and bare knuckle boxing, which showed how tough he was and why so many find him creepy.
3. Dennis Rodman
Basketball star Dennis Rodman makes the top three in the public vote, which isn’t surprising considering he’s trying to be creepy with his costume choices and makeup.
2. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is the only one WWE Superstar in the top 10 but no surprise to see him here considering he was in the top 10 ufc. The sheer size of Lesnar and his brawn is enough to terrify almost anyone.
1. Mike Tyson
It’s no surprise that a boxer tops the list, with Mike Tyson being an obvious candidate. Fearless and destructive in the ring, Iron Mike terrified most brave enough to take on him. He famously bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight, so it’s no shock to see him as so scary.
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