10 Strongest NFL Players In The World

If words could describe the strongest NFL players in the world, they would be strength and football. It is so because NFL players are mainly in good shape. But, more so, some of them are titled as the top athletes in the current scene. 

As the eras change, so does it brings new capable players. And, to choose the top 10 or even complete 20 among them is always troublesome. There are hundreds of ways you could categorize them. 

NFL player on the field.
NFL player on the field.

This list incorporates the world’s strongest NFL players who are active on the scene, as well as a few who have retired but still cannot be forgotten for their immense capability. Their legacy continues. 

We have made a compilation of the strongest players in NFL today. So, here are the strongest NFL players.

Reminder: The list follows alphabetical order. 

Ten Strongest NFL Players In The World 

All the players mentioned in the list have their unique talents and capability. Their “can do” attitude and their strength have brought them where they are now.

That being said, without further ado, let’s learn about the strongest players in the NFL right now. 

NameCurrent Team
1. Aaron DonaldLos Angeles Rems
2. Adrian PetersonDetroit Lions
3. Bobby WagnerSeattle Seahawks
4. Connor BarwinPhiladelphia Eagles
5. Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks
6. Danielle HunterMinnesota Vikings
7. Larry AllenRetired
8. DK MetcalfSeattle Seahawks
9. Nigel BradhamFree Agent
10. Saquon BarkleyNew York Giants

1. Aaron Donald

  • Born: May 23, 1991
  • Height: 1.85m
  • Position: Defensive Tackle

In the list of our strongest NFL players, first, off we have Aaron Donald. Donald is an LA Rams player who plays Defensive Tackle. Over the years, he has a record of 29.5 sacks and 66 tackles. 

By the age of 14, Donald had already aspired to become an athlete as he trained for 2 hours every day with his father. 

Initially, he started with high school football and continued to play college football in Pittsburg. There he made a name for himself as one of the best defensive players of the NCAA.

His workout consists of squats, lifts, deadlifting, bench press, lower weight arm exercises, abs, and crunches.

Aaron also won the title for the the ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Strongest NFL Player Aaron Donald
NFL Player Aaron Donald.

Aaron began his professional career in 2014. He signed a four-year contract with the RAMS worth $10.13 million approximately. He resigned with the RAMS again in 2018, worth a $135 million contract. 

In 2020, he recorded his first sack on Dak Prescott and two sacks on Josh Allen. Against, Washington Football Team, he was titled NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Additionally, Donald is also playing at the 2021 Pro Bowl. 

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2. Adrian Peterson 

  • Born: May 21, 1985
  • Height: 1.85m
  • Position: Running Back

Born in Palestine, Texas, Peterson was also a college star athlete. He got into sports after he witnessed his brother’s death and used sports as a coping mechanism.

Peterson had a rough childhood, but this didn’t stop him from being one of the world’s strongest NFL players right now. 

Talking about his workout, he has mentioned he loves stretching exercises with a supervised mentor. He believes in eating clean and maintaining a healthy diet. He goes to the gym five times a week for his intense training. 

Peterson loved playing basketball, football, and track. However, it was in football that Rivals named him as the Best Running back in 2004. He played professionally from 2007 as he entered the 2007 NFL Draft. 

Everyone’s eyes were on him as Peterson displayed never seen strength, aggression, and agility in the field. By 2019, he bagged a two-year contract with the Washington Redskins worth $8 million. 

Following year, he signed with Detroit Lions.

3. Bobby Wagner 

  • Born: June 27, 1990
  • Height: 1.83m
  • Position: Middle Linebacker

The football linebacker Wagner plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. He started his career playing college football at Utah State. During the 2nd round of the Seahawks, he was drafted in 2012. 

He is also called the king of consistency. Wagner is consistent with his workouts such as boxing sessions, yoga, martial arts, swimming, and massages to avoid getting injured.

Previously, Bobby played high school football in Colony High School, Ontario. Rivals.com rated him a two-star recruit. However, he received an offer from Utah State, which was his only offer. 

NFL Player Bobby Wagner
NFL Player Bobby Wagner

From 2008-2011 his records are Tackles (445), Sacks (4.5), and four interceptions. Moving on, in the 2012 Senior Bowl, he kicked off his professional career. Becoming the first player from the Utah State. 

Wagner received the award for the North’s Most Outstanding Player and Senior Bowl MVP. In 2019, he signed a $54 million contract with the Seahawks for another three years.

4. Connor Barwin

  • Born: October 15, 1986
  • Height: 1.93m
  • Position: Special Assistant to the manager

Former outside linebacker and football executive Barwin serves as Philadelphia Eagle’s Special Assistant. He has played college football for Cincinnati and Houston Texans, where he kicked off his NFL start. 

Houston Texans selected Barwin in the second round. However, due to an injury, he shifted to an outside backline. In 2013, he was confirmed for a $36 million contract with Philadelphia Eagles. 

In 2019, Bobby announced his retirement. He was played in LA Rams, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and more.

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5. Chris Carson 

  • Born: September 16, 1994
  • Height: 1.80m
  • Position: Running back  

Carson played high school football in his hometown. Before he decided to enroll in Oklahoma State, he received numerous offers. He also played for Butler Community College before Oklahoma. 

Carson does work out consistently especially brutal upper body workouts to remain the warrior he is. 

He started his NFL career in 2017 with Seattle Seahawks. Carson finalized approximately a $2.5 million contract of four years with them. 

Since then, he has played against Sanfransico 49ers, Tennesse Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, and many more. He has had several injuries and has always made an admirable comeback. 

It has been reported that Carson has re-signed with the Seahawks for another two years. The finalization of their contract amounts to $14.7 million approximately.

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6. Danielle Hunter 

  • Born: October 29, 1994
  • Height: 1.96m
  • Position: Defensive End  

Next on our list of the strongest NFL players is Danielle Hunter. While eight years old, Hunter was playing catch with his friends, a coach recognized his talent and signed him up for the school football team.

By the end of his high school, he completed 108 tackles. He is also highly flexible as he is known to do pilates regardless of his muscular body. Hunter also does 80lb bicep curls with ease. 

From 2012-14 he studied at LSU and played for the LSU Tigers Football Team. Then, in 2015 got finalized to play at the NFL. 

Hunter was the youngest NFL Rookie player in the 2015 NFL draft. In 2018, he signed a $72 million contract with the Vikings for five years. In 2020, he underwent a herniated disc surgery. 

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7. DK Metcalf 

  • Born: December 14, 1997
  • Height: 1.93m
  • Position: Wide Receiver  

Metcalf was recognized by Rivals.com as a wide receiver in his high school football days because of his outstanding records.

During his college football days, Metcalf suffered an injury that caused a suspension in his career. However, he continued playing again in 2017. 

It was in the 2019 NFL Draft that he was confirmed to play. The Seattle Seahawks extended a $4.6 million contract to Metcalf for four years, which he happily obliged. 

DK Metcalf
DK Metcalf

He has played against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburg Steelers, etc. As a result, Metcalf was named as one of the top NFL Players of 2021

Metcalf trained and participated in the 100m USATF Golden Games to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Unfortunately, this strong NFL player couldn’t be eligible for it but achieved a remarkable record of 10.37 seconds.

Talking about his fitness, he swears by intermittent fasting and combining it with reverse pyramid workouts. His workouts consist of heavy chest training, abs, lower body,  and emphasis on shoulder and back. 

8. Larry Allen 

  • Born: November 27, 1971
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Position: Guard  

Known for his 700-pound bench presses, Allen does extreme workouts to keep in shape. His activities mainly consist of back pulls, pound curls, pound squats, and shoulder presses.

Larry Allen had a troubled childhood. From health difficulties to being violently attacked by his neighbor, Allen has faced it all. But, these circumstances didn’t deter his enthusiasm for sports.

Allen’s professional journey began in the 1994 NFL Draft. But before that, he was selected for the NFL’s All-Decade Team.

In addition, Larry has been consistently praised for being one of the best offensive and influential players. 

Currently, he enjoys his retired life as a Dallas Cowboy. However, Allen’s legacy continues as his son plays for the Harvard Crimson Football team. 

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9. Nigel Bradham

  • Born: September 4, 1989
  • Height: 1.88m
  • Position: Linebacker  

Bradham started his NFL career in 2012 when he got selected for the 2012 NFL Draft. In the same year, he signed with Buffalo Bills for $2.6 million approximately.

He completed his first season with 37 solo tackles, 57 combined tackles, and 11 stars. 

Since he has played against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, and more. In 2016, he became a free agent after being resigned from his duty with the Bills. 

Nigel Bradham
Nigel Bradham while playing for the Eagles.

In 2016, he signed a contract with Philadelphia Eagles worth $7 million for two years. Then in 2018 extended his contract for another five years worth $40 million.

Afterward, in 2020, his contract with The Eagles ended, so he signed with the New Orleans Saints.

10. Saquon Barkley

  • Born: February 9. 1997
  • Height: 1.83m
  • Position: Running Back 

Being born in an athletic family, Barkley was a star football player in his high school days. Moreover, he also played basketball and track and won several awards for the same.

Barkley played college football at Penn State in 2015 and hit several records. They are “Most career rushing touchdowns,” “rushing yards (freshman and sophomore),” and “most total yards.”

In 2018, he entered the 2018 NFL Draft. The same year, he signed an approximately $32 million contract with New York Giants. He scored his first touchdown in NLF in 2018 against Jacksonville Jaguars.

Barkley was named the Top 100 Players of 2019 by the NFL. Finally, in April 2021, he extended his contract with the Giants for another year. 

To play in his demanding position, he does extensive training to keep in shape. From 700 pounds squads, pound lifts, defensive tackles, and power clean. He tends to challenge himself physically with his constantly changing workouts. 

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The ten mentioned players above maintain a strict and disciplined day-to-day life to remain consistent with their performance. However, their enthusiasm and focus remain the pivotal points for their success. 

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