In the survey, 320 players were asked, "Who is the most feared player in the NFL?" Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received the most nods, getting 61 votes, while wide receiver Calvin Johnson got 58 votes.
"If it's feared from the context of they don't want to play against me and they are worried about how I may affect the game and affect the offense, it's definitely appreciated," Suh said to ESPN.com. "It's definitely seen as a plus and a positive. Guys have respect for you, just like guys have respect for Calvin.
"I'm surprised I edged him out, but hopefully I don't have to edge him out and we can just be co-winners. I prefer that."
Suh had 49 total tackles and 5.5 sacks this season for Detroit. He has racked up numerous fines from the league throughout his four-year career because of his on-field behavior.
Johnson had 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns this year and was a first-team All-Pro selection from the Associated Press for the second season in a row. Often, opposing defenses revolve their entire strategy around stopping Megatron.
"I can tell sometimes when they are trying to," Johnson said, "especially when teams want to bring like one of their linemen or linebackers and put them way outside the numbers to try and get hands on me at the line of scrimmage, when they've got a corner out here and a safety over the top. "So I'm like, 'Man, let's run the ball. Shoot, got a favorable box.'"