The fans' top 5 scariest athletes in history
1. Mike Tyson
Standing at 5'10", Mike Tyson was never the biggest heavyweight boxer of all time. But they didn't call him the "Baddest Man on the Planet" for nothing. Iron Mike started off his career 37-0, and many said he had several fights won before they even started due to the fear factor. Even after his skills started to erode, his unpredictability still made him a scary adversary. He even bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in an infamous fight.
2. Dick Butkus
Dick Butkus was arguably the greatest linebacker of his generation. He hit so hard that he was featured in Sports Illustrated as "The Most Feared Man in the Game." He was an 8-time Pro Bowler and a 6-time All Pro First Teamer. He finished his career with 25 fumbles recovered, a record at the time of his retirement. The Dick Butkus Award was even created for the best linebacker in college football each year. Perhaps the scariest thing, though, is he had roles in My Two Dads and Hang Time.
3. Lawrence Taylor
L.T. is considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in NFL history. His amazing play at the linebacker position is credited with changing pass rushing schemes, offensive line play and offensive formations. He is the only 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, was the NFL MVP in 1986 and won two Super Bowls. The hard-hitting Taylor even ended the career of Redskins QB Joe Theisman when he caused a compound fracture of his leg with a sack.
4. Bob Gibson
Bob Gibson was a fierce competitor who rarely smiled and was known to throw hard, inside pitches to let batters know who was in charge. Gibson was an 8-time All-Star, 9-time Gold Glover, 2-time NL Cy Young, 2-time World Series MVP and was the 1968 NL MVP. He finished with a career ERA of 2.91, a record of 251-174, 56 shutouts and 3,117 strikeouts.
5. Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson may not stack up to the others on this list in terms of facing off one-on-one in a fight, but on the baseball diamond, there weren't too many pitchers more feared. Standing at 6'10" and having one of the ugliest mugs in baseball, he was certainly an imposing figure. Add in that he had one of the best fastballs in baseball history and a devastating slider, hitters hardly stood a chance when the Big Unit was in his prime. He's a 5-time Cy Young winner, the second most in MLB history.