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Thursday, January 9, 2014
NFLN survey/feared player: Steelers

By Scott Brown

A pair of Detroit Lions topped the list of the NFL's most feared players following a league-wide survey in which more than 320 players participated.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received 61 votes to edge wide receiver Calvin Johnson (58), according to ESPN’s NFL Nation Confidential.

Suh received two votes among the players I surveyed in the Steelers locker room with former Pittsburgh outside linebacker James Harrison leading the way with three votes.

The choice of Suh for most feared player across the league is hardly surprising. It reflects the three-time Pro Bowler's reputation for blurring the line between aggressiveness and dirty play as it does the quality of his play.

That an offensive player would finish a close second to Suh is surprising, unless you consider what a nightmare matchup Johnson poses for opposing teams.

Johnson’s size and speed have allowed him to establish himself as the best receiver in the NFL, and one of the best players in the league regardless of position. He caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns this season despite playing through a nagging knee injury.

Johnson caught six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers, though they held the player known as Megatron without a catch in the second half of a 37-27 win.

Finishing behind Suh and Johnson in the confidential survey was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (24 votes).

No Steelers players finished in the top 10 of voting for most feared player.