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NFL survey/feared player: Panthers

1/9/2014

Too bad the voting for the most feared player in the NFL took place more than a month ago.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy might have given the winners -- Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and wide receiver Calvin Johnson -- a run for their money.

Between his black contact lenses, war paint and 15 sacks that ranked No. 2 in the NFL, Hardy has a legitimate claim to being the most feared. That he has the alternate persona known as "The Kraken" doesn't hurt, either.

Talk about scary.

But Hardy didn't start drawing national attention as a scary player until the past few weeks, when he collected seven sacks in two games, was named to the Pro Bowl and won the NFC defensive player of the week award for the second time this season.

“Man, I dominated breakfast when I woke up, so I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Hardy said when asked how he dominated with four sacks in the regular-season finale against Atlanta. “I dominate everything I do. Silly question. Next question.”

When you can dominate your cereal, that's scary.

Not to suggest Suh and Johnson aren't scary, particularly Suh.

"Because of how hard he plays the game," Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. "He don't care about fines. He hits. He don't care.''

But I'm betting Hardy might have given even Suh a run for his money in the scary department if the vote took place today.