Out to deliver a crushing hit and follow it with mean words, [Jack Lambert](http://www.nfl.com/players/jacklambert/profile?id=LAM488570) ("Count Dracula in Cleats") was an intimidating force.
Ray Lewis doesn't just hit ball carriers, this linebacker runs through them, administering a hit capable of making players feel a sense of shame.
At the center of the renegade aura that surrounded the [Raiders](/teams/oaklandraiders/profile?team=OAK) of the 1970s was [Jack Tatum](http://www.nfl.com/players/jacktatum/profile?id=TAT679563), whose severe hits are the stuff of legend.
Famous for the [Joe Theismann](http://www.nfl.com/players/joetheismann/profile?id=THE276861) injury, [Giants](/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) LB [Lawrence Taylor](http://www.nfl.com/players/lawrencetaylor/profile?id=TAY508500) was a one-man wrecking crew when it came to hitting the quarterback.
Clothesline and facemask tackles were outlawed in large part because of [Dick "Night Train" Lane](http://www.nfl.com/players/nighttrainlane/profile?id=LAN388762), arguably the NFL's hardest-hitting cornerback.
Even [Dick Butkus](http://www.nfl.com/players/dickbutkus/profile?id=BUT103820)' peers were fearful. [Deacon Jones](http://www.nfl.com/players/deaconjones/profile?id=JON219252) said, "Roses are red, violets are blue, if you have any sense, you'll keep Butkus away from you."