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).

1 JORDAN SHERIT HILLSBOROUGH DE/TE 2013 Long night for any offensive tackle or QB.
2 AUGGIE SANCHEZ NORTHEAST ATH 2013 Will eat offensive players and spit them back out only to eat again.
3 JUWAN BROWN LARGO QB/S 2013 Can beat you with his arm, legs and athletic ability.
4 KYLE GIBSON ARMWOOD S 2014 A human missile. Blows up ball carriers.
5 JOEY IVIE PASCO DL 2013 Can line up anywhere on the defensive line and is just too physical.
6 MITCHELL WRIGHT PLANT DE/OLB 2013 Playmaker in every sense of the word. Can do it all on defense.
7 JANARION GRANT PASCO ATH 2013 Blink and he will be past the opposing defense.
8 PARKER CLONTS JESUIT LB 2013 Ball carriers find him first, before he finds you.
9 MIKE LOVE COUNTRYSIDE DE 2013 Ability to take over games and live in the offensive backfield.
10 ROCKY ENOS WHARTON LB 2013 Nose like a bloodhound and bite like pit bull.
11 NIGEL HARRIS HILLSBOROUGH LB/FB 2013 Explosive on defense and strong runner on offense.
12 RYAN GREEN ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC RB 2013 Most complete RB in the area. LBs’ worst dream.
13 MARCUS MOSLEY ALONSO TE 2014 He can go over, around and through defenders.
14 LEON MCQUAY ARMWOOD S 2013 Not a place to throw a safe ball.  Too fast and covers too much ground.
15 PARIS BOSTICK PLANT S/RB 2013 Never afraid to make the big play. Big hitter!
16 ALVIN BAILEY ARMWOOD ATH 2013 Mismatch nightmare no matter where he lines up.
17 RODNEY ADAMS LAKEWOOD ATH 2013 His game picks up as the competition picks up.  Gamer!
18 VERNON HARGREAVES WHARTON ATH 2013 Not a position he can not play.  QBs #1 read.
19 FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ LARGO LB 2014 Could probably lead a pack of wild wolves.  Tenacious players.
20 ROBERT DAVIS CARROLLWOOD DAY RB 2013 Don’t guess, he will put you on his highlight film.
21 ISAIAH WYNN LAKEWOOD OT 2014 Plays with a mean streak.  Like the doctor slapped him too hard when he was born.
22 ARTAVIS SCOTT EAST LAKE WR 2014 Killer speed, agility and ability makes him a CB headache
23 KAREL HAMILTON STRAWBERRY CREST WR/S 2013 You won’t know how good he is until he freaks every DB on the opposing team.
24 JONATHAN MOORE JEFFERSON WR 2013 Silent killer!  No talk, nothing fancy.  Just difficult to contain.
25 TODDRICK MACON ADMIRAL FARRAGUT RB 2013 Give a full grown Bull a football and try to tackle him.  That’s Todd Macon.
26 RYAN DAVIS NORTHEAST QB 2015 Young by deadly.  Strong arm, super shifty and awfully fast.
27 TRAVIS JOHNSON JESUIT WR 2013 The big show can make big plays.  Red Zone asset.
28 GEORGE CAMPBELL EAST LAKE WR/S 2015 Scary good at multiple positions.
29 RICHARD BENJAMIN TAMPA BAY TECH. ATH 2013 No moment is too big.  When the lights are brightest, he is at his best.
30 XAVIER JOHNSON CHAMBERLAIN RB 2013 Strong runner, explodes into tacklers and can carry a defense on his back.
31 ZAIN GILMORE ROBINSON QB 2013 Not a trick. Sure nuff a treat!  Has the ability to rip a defense and cause a heart attack for opposing defensive coordinators.