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      I would have to say my all-time one player who could be considered the hardest hitter is someone who isn’t yet completed his career. Ray Lewis but I have provided a list of hard hitters from the past and the present who could be arguably the best hitters of all-time.

      Well if we are talking about recent players here is my list:

1:Ray Lewis: This guy has to be one of the best of all-time. He has the perfect combination of speed and strength. His athletic agility makes him a threat whenever your on the field, he is everywhere some players have been quoted saying.

2:Brian Dawkins: One of the most hardest hitters in the game. I read an article in SI interview with him and he had KO'd 3 players and himself twice when hitting players.

3:Brian Urlacher: When people who watch football and even the players are asked who is one of the hardest hitters you have ever gone up against or watched. The last name Urlacher is hard to avoid. Not only one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball but a very good hard hitter.

 4:Shaun Merriman: Another perfect combination of speed and power. He'll stop the inside and outside runs. He has the ability to be one of the best in the near future, if not considered the best already.

 5:Ed Reed: Him and Roy Williams I think are tied for the number 5 spot, both are scary, and players try to avoid them whenever they come up against their respected teams.

     Here's what the running backs had to say:

Michael Pittman, RB, Tampa Bay: "I'd say Lavar Arrington and Ray Lewis. It's either one of those guys. When they hit they bring all their weight and all that force. Plus, they're both fast and athletic. Ray Lewis is a little bit more athletic, but when they bring it, they both bring it hard.

Deuce McAllister, RB, New Orleans: "The hardest I've ever been hit was on a shot by Brian Urlacher of the Bears. He got me good. But the hardest hitter is Ray Lewis because he plays the game with force on every play. I haven't played against him, but to me he's the hardest hitter in the game."

Justin Griffith, FB, Atlanta: "I'd have to go with Ray Lewis. He runs to the football all of the time. He's got speed, he's got power, and he's got agility. He's always moving, and he's a tough hitter."

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis: "Lawyer Milloy. It was blitz pickup and I was a rookie last year, so he was going to test me. He came wide open and just gave me a nice one down the middle. He got me good."

Fred Taylor, RB, Jacksonville: "I don't think you can categorize linebackers as the hardest hitting because they all hit hard. I think the best linebackers in the game are Keith Bulluck and Ray Lewis. Right behind them are James Farrior and Joey Porter."

Fred McCrary, RB, Atlanta: "I have to say Rodney Harrison is the hardest hitter in the league. He works hard, and he just brings his passion to the field. He will try and rip your head off every single play. You have to respect that. Right behind him I'd probably say Al Wilson."

T.J. Duckett, RB, Atlanta: "Takeo Spikes. We played them when he was in Cincy and he just brought the wood. He gets the rest of his team behind him with every big hit. That says a lot."

That’s my recent Players list of Hardest Hitters but my all-time ever list consists of:

1. DB Ronnie Lott (1981) -- 49ers Known as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, Lott was selected to Pro Bowls at three different positions (CB, FS, SS). The 10-time Pro Bowler, who was known as one of the NFL's hardest hitters, would go on to record 63 career interceptions, sixth most in NFL history. Lott would return five of those interceptions for touchdowns, including three during his rookie season (1981), as the 49ers won the first of four Super Bowl titles during the 1980s.

2. RB Larry Csonka (1968) -- Dolphins Csonka was part of a Dolphins rushing attack that dominated the NFL in the early 1970s, rushing for at least 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (1971-1973). The Dolphins reached the Super Bowl in each of those seasons, and the 1972 team completed the only undefeated campaign in NFL history. The Hall of Famer gained 112 yards in Super Bowl VII against the Redskins, and added 145 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl VIII against the Vikings, becoming the first player to rush for 100 yards in consecutive Super Bowls.

3. T Willie Roaf (1993) -- Saints A 13-year NFL veteran who retired following the 2005 season, Roaf was named to 11 Pro Bowls, making him one of only three offensive tackles to reach at least 10 Pro Bowls (Anthony Munoz, Jonathan Ogden). Roaf helped create holes for successful running backs such as Ricky Williams, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. He was an easy selection for the 1990s All-Decade Team. Willie Roaf was among the best offensive linemen in football.

4. G Mike Munchak (1982) -- Oilers Playing in 159 career games, Munchak was the mainstay of an offensive line that helped the Houston Oilers finish in the top five in total offense every season from 1990 to 1993, the last four seasons of his career. A member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2001, Munchak was named to nine Pro Bowls.

5. RB Ottis Anderson (1979) -- Cardinals Anderson had two different lives in the NFL. He dominated the league right from the start, rushing for a then-rookie record of 1,605 yards in 1979, and capturing NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. After five 1,000-yard seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Anderson was dealt during the 1986 season to the Giants, with whom he won two Super Bowl titles. He was selected as the MVP of Super Bowl XXV after rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Bills.

6. DE Leslie O'Neal (1986) -- Chargers One of the most feared pass-rushers of his era, O'Neal put the league on notice with 12.5 sacks in his rookie season (1986). After a devastating knee injury forced him to miss the entire 1987 season, O'Neal came back to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, finishing his career with 132.5 sacks (tied for seventh most in NFL history). He recorded at least 10 sacks in eight of his 13 NFL seasons with the Chargers, Rams and Chiefs. His performance earned him six Pro Bowl selections.

7. LB Shane Conlan (1987) -- Bills Conlan started 114 of 120 games for the Bills and Rams over a nine-year career. He was part of three of the Bills' four Super Bowl teams in the 1990s, while reaching three Pro Bowls. He was a key member of a Buffalo defense that finished fourth in the NFL in total defense in 1988 and eighth in the league in 1990.

8. DT Gary Johnson (1975) -- Chargers Dubbed "Big Hands," Johnson was the leader of a San Diego defense that was pretty formidable in the late 1970s. The former Grambling standout was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls with the Chargers, but was traded to San Francisco in September of 1984, a fortuitous move for Johnson, as the Niners went on to win Super Bowl XIX.

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