10. Dennis Rodman

Leading off our list is recent Hall of Fame inductee “The Worm”.  No doubt Rodman is one scary dude.  Ridiculous amount of tats before everyone in the league got inked up? Check.  Multiple body piercings? Check.  Dresses up like a woman on a regular basis?  You get the idea.  He may be a different kind of scary, but be rest assured the guy didn’t average 13.1 rebounds on his athleticism alone.

9. Bill Romanowski (NFL)

Romanowski ingested steroids by the fist full and had a healthy serving of HGH for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Notice how I didn’t say allegedly?  One of the dirtiest players in the history of the NFL admitted said PED use during the BALCO scandal.  Between breaking Kerry Collins jaw and shattering the orbital socket OF HIS OWN TEAMMATE, this is one guy you do not want to mess with.

8. Donald Brashear (NHL)

Just about every team has an enforcer, and Brashear is one of the all-time greats.  He’ll scrap with just about anyone, and more often than not comes out victorious.  Brashear led the league in penalty minutes 6 times and even tried his hand in MMA.  Bad. Ass.

7. James Harrison (NFL)

The poster boy for hard hits (and the fines that go along with them) is one of the NFL’s most intimidating defenders.  Not a scary guy you say?  Just ask Ed Reed.  Or Josh Cribbs.  Or Mohamed Massaquoi.  Or Vince Young.  Or this fan.  The list of players that have gotten jacked up by Mr. Harrison goes on.

6. Lawrence Taylor

Hide yo’ quarterback, hide yo’ underage prostitutes.  This level 1 sex offender was one of the baddest dudes on the planet during his playing days.  His egregious cocaine binges makes Charlie Sheen look like Tim Tebow.  He broke Joe Theisman’s leg in half.  He once beat up 2 drug dealers in an attempted robbery and proceeded to smoke their crack.  It seems that on and off the field, LT was a bad man.

5. Kimbo Slice (MMA/Boxing)

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson gained notoriety on youtube, but we’re not talking Rebecca Black “Friday” type fame.  The former Miami Hurricane was featured in a series of backyard brawling videos where he demolished most opponents with some of the heaviest hands anyone’s ever seen.  After a brief (and let’s face it, disappointing) MMA career, Kimbo’s pro boxing debut resulted in a 17 second 1st round knockout of James Wade this past week.  When Slice said “If I get these haymakers on you, you a done dotta”, he meant it.

4. OJ Simpson (NFL)

It’s been said that The Juice was considered for the role of the Terminator, but the producers feared he was “too nice” to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer.  Although he was acquitted of the murders of his wife and Ron Goldman, OJ currently resides in cell block D of the Lovelock Correctional Center serving out a 33 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping.  This list of  scariest athletes wouldn’t be complete without OJ, leaving us to wonder his true response to this question.

3. Elijah Dukes (MLB)

How do you make it into the top 3 scariest athletes of all-time without (allegedly) killing two people in one night?  How bout sending a picture message of a handgun to your wife and then promptly leaving the following voicemail on her cell- “Hey, dawg. It’s on, dawg. You dead, dawg. I ain’t even bulls——-. Your kids too, dawg. It don’t even matter to me who is in the car with you. Ni—-, all I know is, ni—-, when I see your motherf—— a– riding, dawg, it’s on. As a matter of fact, I’m coming to your motherf—— house”.   Dukes has been arrested at least 3 times for battery and most recently (5 months ago!) for assaulting a pregnant ex-girlfriend.  ‘Nuff said.

2. Ray Lewis (NFL)

I have the utmost respect for Ray Lewis.  While several other athletes on this list are grade A scumbags, Lewis is a role model and reportedly an unbelievable teammate and humanitarian.  That doesn’t mean the dude’s not scary though.  While he may be past his prime, Lewis still strikes fear into any receiver whose route takes them across the middle of the field.  He’s one of the hardest hitting MLB the NFL has ever seen and an all around badass.  Back in 2000, a fight broke out between Lewis and another group of people, resulting in the stabbing deaths of the two assailants.  While no one knows for sure who killed the men, the white suit Lewis was wearing the night of the killings has never been found.  Note to self: never fight Ray Lewis.

1. Mike Tyson (Boxing)

In his prime, Iron Mike was the most feared man in the history of boxing.  He won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout.  Youngest ever heavyweight champion of the world.  Convicted rapist and provider of some of the most insane, scary and memorable quotes of all time.  Some of my favorites include:

“Anyone with a grain of sense would know that if I punched my wife I would rip her head off. It’s all lies. I have never laid a finger on her.”

“I ain’t the same person I was when I bit that guy’s ear off.”

“I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.”

You get the picture here.  Mike Tyson was both tough and crazy, and that my friends makes him the Scariest Athlete of All-Time.


  • Dmitry Mogilevsky

    Like a lot. Honorable mention to Ron Artest (only started the most badass brawl in NBA history), Ty Cobb (the classic nomination, possibly the biggest asshole in sports – virulent racist who once assaulted a crippled fan), and my personal favorite, Nigel De Jong (dropped kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest during title game of World Cup 2010, broke at least 3 legs that I’m aware of with his dirty tackles).

  • hooktsb

    Cobb, Artest and De Jong were in contention but did not make the final list. Other athletes I considered include Keith Jardine, Tie Domi and Claude Lemieux.

  • Dmitry Mogilevsky

    Oh, man, I forgot about Tie Domi. That guy made a career out of being an asshat. He could barely skate.

  • Badass

    wtf, where is Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem, Tank Abbot etc? Your list is full of NFL players.

    • HookTSB

      Brock Lesnar isn’t scary. One kick to the bread basket from your boy Alistair Overeem and he hit the mat like a sack of potatoes. Overeem is jacked, but isn’t scary. Tank Abbot isn’t scary. Fast forward to 2:05 in this video to see why Tank Abbot isn’t scary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXL7WIu50r8 .There were other MMA fighters who almost made the list though, like Dan Severn, Wanderlei Silva, and Hector Lombard. Thanks for reading though, Badass.

      • Badass

        You must be joking, right? Kimbo Slice is not scarier or better than Brock Lesnar or Overeem. If winning defines scary then take a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjlzMoaEvMU
        Overeem will literally eat Kimbo Slice for breakfas. So, will Velasquez or JDS, but I don’t consider them scary, they are more bend towards pure talent then trash talker or any other Bullshit. Who is Kimbo Slice? a muscular black dude who made couple of street fight videos and didn’t even win a single fight at the UFC. Where as Overeem fought his way to the top with the best of the best. Brock Lesnar was a Behemoth. Why was he freakish? Not because of his size. Overeem is bigger than Brock. But because of Brock’s ratio of speed and power compared to his size, which obviously is huge, adding up with his NCAA Div 1 wrestling background.
        Brock Lesnar is not what he used to be post UFC 100. He can’t even lift heavy guys in WWE like he used to 10 years ago. People say Lesnar can’t take a punch, but during the Carwin fight Lesnar had an 18 months lay off and had to put on weight in the meantime. Because of his disease, he was not allowed to train to the full extent.

  • HookTSB

    Kimbo Slice actually won his first UFC fight, then lost to Matt Mitrione in his 2nd fight. Kimbo Slice was prepared to fight Ken Shamrock, but lost to Petruzelli (who he had not prepared for) in an early first round knockout. I never said Kimbo Slice was the best at MMA or better than anyone, but he is a lot scarier than all of those other guys mentioned.

    This list isn’t about who are the best fighters. Obviously Overeem is a great fighter, but he’s not scary. Lesnar loses a lot of credibility for being in the WWE, which is fake, and hence not scary. Is Lesnar a huge man? Yes. Would I want to fight him? No. But I wouldn’t be afraid of him. This list is my opinion of who the scariest athletes of all time are. Kimbo slice destroyed a bunch of people in bare knuckle backyard brawls on TV, leaving them all bloody and lumped up (his only loss coming to Sean Gannon). He’s compiled a 6-0 boxing record, which he is obviously more suited for seeing that he is one of the hardest hitters I’ve ever seen yet has limited ground skills and leg strength required to compete at a high level in MMA. He’s been arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. He looks like a jacked out of his mind homeless thug. The list goes on.

    If you don’t see my point, I guess it’s safe to say that we agree to disagree.

    • Badass

      IN real life, I’d be much comfortable sitting with Kimbo Slice. he is a really nice dude, humble and funny in nature. Check out his youtube videos with David Blane and Bas Rutten. Could have been another JDS if he started training for MMA at the right time. He is too old and has no talent when it comes to MMA. Is he scary yes, but I would considered people scarier to him who can bully him in the octagon.
      I don’t get your being in the WWE loses the scary credibility. Even Tyson went there as a guest and to perform couple of times. Check out what Joe Rogan quoted about Lesnar man. He is a lot isolated kind of personality, really hate people. Dana White quoted that. He spends his time hunting in Minnesota. Created much more controversies and flames than kimbo slice in mma so far.

  • HookTSB

    I guess what it comes down to is I personally don’t find Brock Lesnar scary. He is a very big dude and I wouldn’t want to fight him, but I think everyone on this list is scarier. Most people on this list have killed people, done jail time, or both. I don’t think Lesnar has killed anyone or threatened to do so. If you’d like to make your own list of the top 10 scariest athletes and write an article about it please send me the link I’d love to check it out.

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