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ManWall Presents: The NFL's 30 Manliest Players

The NFL is filled with some of the toughest dudes in the world, this side of Cain Velazquez. That means that to be one of the manliest dudes in the NFL requires a certain amount of balls that very few other players can compete with. Whether it is because they have made a habit of pulverizing guys, winning games in seemingly impossible situations, or just dominating opposing players with sheer skill and will - here are the ManWall's 30 Manliest Players in the NFL (please don't hurt us if you didn't make the list):

 

30. Tim Tebow: In college Tebow was a proven winner but many doubted that he could be an NFL quarterback. In his first NFL start, Tebow decided to show the doubters what Tebow-ball is, coming back from 15-0 with under three minutes left in the game, and ultimately winning the game in OT. No one wants to win more than Tebow, and in the NFL that's saying a lot.

 

29. Calvin Johnson: Big Cal finally has his quarterback healthy and is looking like the best receiver in the league. At 6'5", trying to stop Johnson is like trying to cover a tree...a tree with 10 touchdowns through the first seven games.

 

28. DeSean Jackson: DeSean has come back from concussions and injuries to remain one of the top receivers in the world. Unlike other receivers that get close to 100 catches, DeSean catches about half that - yet still finishes among the league leaders in yards and touchdowns because no one can make plays like 5'10" Jackson.

 

27. John Conner: Why is the Jets' fullback on the list? Just ask one of the linebackers that he has already pulverized on the line by "The Terminator." The Jets have a great D, but their toughest hitter plays on offense.

 

26. Larry Fitzgerald: There are not a lot of tough wide receivers that have been able to put up the same numbers whether their quarterback is good or terrible or whether their team is in contention or not. The point is, Fitz is going to get the ball and there's nothing you can do about it.

 

25. Drew Brees: Breesus went from a Chargers cast-off to a New Orleans folk hero in the span of a couple years. No one has passed for more yards than Brees since he moved to the Saints.

 

24. Ray Rice: Look at it this way, how many 5'8" running backs out of Rutgers are there in the league? None. How many of those have over 1,200 yards each of the last two season? Exactly.

 

23. Maurice Jones-Drew: Jones-Drew is even smaller than Rice while playing in a league with beasts (see below). That still hasn't stopped him from running for over 1,300 yards each of the last two years.

 

22. Pac-Man Jones: Aside from being a terrific defensive back, Pac-Man has the added advantage of having the longest rap sheet in the league. Anyone who is a football player AND has been in jail is a pretty tough guy in this book.

 

21. Chad Ochocinco: It takes a lot of balls to change your name just to mess with the NFL. It takes even more balls if that name is a poorly translated Spanish term for your number.

 

20. James Laurinaitis: The most underrated defender in the league, the Ohio State beast has carried the Rams' rough defense in just this first two years in the league. With a couple of injured players already under his belt, we can't wait to see the rest of 2011.

 

19. Tom Brady: Tebow may want to win more than anyone but Brady knows how to get it done. With two minutes left in the game, there is no guy with more guts than Brady. Even if he is a pretty boy.

 

18. Brian Urlacher: With over 1,200 tackles since 2000, Urlacher carries one of the best defenses in the league. Think he's lost a step at 33? Urlacher is already at 40+ tackles and three interceptions through six games.

 

17. Matt Stafford: After both his shoulders popped out of their sockets, many though Stafford may not be able to come back. Instead, he has already led to the Lions to a stunning 5-2 record while passing for nearly 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns.

 

16. Reggie Bush: One of the most electrifying NCAA players ever. A Heisman and NCAA championship winner (technically). He even managed to get paid to play college football! The real reason Bush is on this list though? Kim Kardashian.

 

15. Michael Vick: Apparently prison can be good for you. How many guys can go from the most hated player in the league to prison to coming back and making an MVP run and earning a $100 million deal the next year? Bad ass.

 

14. Dwight Freeney: Offenses cringe when they see this beast on the other side, even when Indianapolis is the worst team in the league. He is on a ridiculous pace and will break the 100 sack mark any week now.

 

13. Peyton Hillis: Hillis broke out in 2010 as one of the toughest runners in the league. Simply put, there's not a lot of guys that can move a pile of defenders quite like Peyton - which is why he made it onto the cover of Madden in his first season starting. Now he's stuck with the Madden curse, though.

 

12. Jay Cutler: No one has been beat around quite like Jay Cutler who has been sacked 108 times since coming to Chicago two-and-a-half years ago. Yet he keeps getting up and even won the NFC North over the Packers last season.

 

11. Ndamukong Suh: In just his second year, Suh has established himself as one of the most feared linemen in the league and is a one-man wrecking crew up front for the surprisingly good Lions.

 

10. Darelle Revis: No one is better than Revis Island at stranding the best receivers in the league. When healthy, Revis consistently keeps guys like Andre Johnson, Vincent Jackson, and Wes Welker away from the ball.

 

9. Devin Hester: In just his sixth-year, Hester already owns the NFL record for kick and punt return touchdowns. The man is a beast and will become the first returner in the Hall of Fame.

 

8. Troy Polamalu: If you see that hair coming at you from across the field, you better run the other way. There is nothing Polamalu can't do, just one of the reasons he is a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time SuperBowl champ.

 

7. Steven Jackson: Jackson has been the most consistent running back in the league, rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of his six years as a starter. All that despite not having an offense, offensive line, or another running back to split carries with.

 

6. Tony Gonzalez: How many 35-year-old guys are playing football instead of selling used cars? Despite being a 35-year-old tight end, the 11-time Pro Bowler just caught his 1,104th pass meaning he has more catches than anyone outside of Jerry Rice.

 

5. Ray Lewis: Lewis is a beast. Everyone knows it. The 12-time Pro Bowler already has nearly 2,000 tackles and has yet to slow down at 36-years-old.

 

4. James Harrison: James Harrison is a bad, bad man. Not only has he anchored the monstrous Steelers defense for the last seven years, he has compiled two SuperBowl rings, 51 sacks, and 500+ tackles over his career.

 

3. Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers was supposed to be a top-5 draft pick but instead spent his entire draft day waiting until he was finally picked by the Packers at number 24. He then had to wait three full seasons for Brett Favre to clear out. Then, it took him just three seasons to win a SuperBowl while passing for over 4,000 yards every year as a starter.

 

2. Jared Allen: At 6'6" and 265 lbs., Allen is already more man than most. Add a 4.7 second 40-yard dash time and you have a physical specimen. With 92.5 sacks over just seven seasons, the man is nothing short of a beast.

 

1. Clay Matthews: We don't know if Clay Matthews is the "manliest" NFL player, but he certainly seems to scare the crap out of just about anyone so he gets first place. In his first two years, this monster has already thrown together 26.5 sacks and is only getting started. Of course, the real reason he is first, is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDdQRy6LpF8