Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats. – SEE IN FULL HERE
Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent. At least “fearsome” can be used when describing some of Tampa Bay’s scariest ballers. Below is a list of athletics that we think strike fear in the heart of many of their opponents (not literally). Some of these players are flat-out just nasty (within the rules), play with a mean streak or probably cause their opponent who would be in constant contact with these players throughout the game to think thoughts like, “This will be a long game, he is killing me or I need some help”.
With 31 days in October, we give you Tampa Bay’s top 31 scariest players (Not top players or top player list).
|Long night for any offensive tackle or QB.
|Will eat offensive players and spit them back out only to eat again.
|Can beat you with his arm, legs and athletic ability.
|A human missile. Blows up ball carriers.
|Can line up anywhere on the defensive line and is just too physical.
|Playmaker in every sense of the word. Can do it all on defense.
|Blink and he will be past the opposing defense.
|Ball carriers find him first, before he finds you.
|Ability to take over games and live in the offensive backfield.
|Nose like a bloodhound and bite like pit bull.
|Explosive on defense and strong runner on offense.
|ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC
|Most complete RB in the area. LBs’ worst dream.
|He can go over, around and through defenders.
|Not a place to throw a safe ball. Too fast and covers too much ground.
|Never afraid to make the big play. Big hitter!
|Mismatch nightmare no matter where he lines up.
|His game picks up as the competition picks up. Gamer!
|Not a position he can not play. QBs #1 read.
|Could probably lead a pack of wild wolves. Tenacious players.
|Don’t guess, he will put you on his highlight film.
|Plays with a mean streak. Like the doctor slapped him too hard when he was born.
|Killer speed, agility and ability makes him a CB headache
|You won’t know how good he is until he freaks every DB on the opposing team.
|Silent killer! No talk, nothing fancy. Just difficult to contain.
|Give a full grown Bull a football and try to tackle him. That’s Todd Macon.
|Young by deadly. Strong arm, super shifty and awfully fast.
|The big show can make big plays. Red Zone asset.
|Scary good at multiple positions.
|TAMPA BAY TECH.
|No moment is too big. When the lights are brightest, he is at his best.
|Strong runner, explodes into tacklers and can carry a defense on his back.
|Not a trick. Sure nuff a treat! Has the ability to rip a defense and cause a heart attack for opposing defensive coordinators.