Originally posted on WhoDeyFans  |  Last updated 7/6/12

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks free from Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-21. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

I am breaking away from the pattern just a little bit with this one. I was tempted to pass on Geno in this series because there just is not a very deep tradition of badass tackles. I couldn’t get to five names (as in previous polls) before I was scratching at the bottom of the barrel.

Really there is only one name worthy of comparison in the middle of the defensive line.

Tim Krumrie was an amazing force in the middle for the Bengals for all of his 12 year career. He racked up 34.5 sacks and recovered 13 fumbles in that time, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1987 and 1988. Amazingly, he only missed 3 games in his entire career.

Of course, Krumrie’s most memorable moment came in the 1989 Super Bowl when his leg was broken in gut-churning style. True to form, he did not want to be taken to the hospital until the game was over, relenting only when paramedics told him that he was at risk for going into shock. After having a 15″ steel rod put in his leg to repair the damage, he was ready to play at the beginning of the next season and went on to play five seasons after the injury before retiring in 1994.

By comparison, Atkins has already collected 10.5 sacks in just 2 seasons as a Bengal, nearly one-third of Krumrie’s career total. He has proven to be absolute steal in the draft, being taken in the 4th round due to being labeled as “undersized”. He made the Pro Bowl in his second season after Vince Wilfork was withdrawn to participate in the Super Bowl. The first of several selections, I wager.

Like all linemen, there are not a lot of stats to list in comparing the two players. But that doesn’t mean we do not have opinions. Weigh in and tell us who you think Krumrie will remain the best interior defensive lineman in franchise history, or if Atkins will claim the title from the master.

Take Our Poll
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Report: Luke Walton will not consider coaching offers until offseason

Budweiser: Peyton Manning not paid for Super Bowl beer plug

Archie Manning: 'I think Peyton's done in Denver'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Donald Trump: I told Tom Brady not to endorse me for President

Marshawn Lynch: Complicated and talented NFL anti-hero

Hue Jackson lets Manziel and ex know they aren’t alone

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

Tyronn Lue faces backlash for Cavs record since Blatt’s firing

Report: LeSean McCoy assaulted off duty Philly police officers

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

Top defensive performances in Super Bowl history

FBI questions Jeremy Shockey about drug and gambling ring

Coldplay drummer thought Johnny Football was real name

Ranking every game from 2015 NFL Playoffs

PHOTO: Panthers LB shows gruesome arm injury after SB

Patriots, Panthers early Super Bowl 51 favorites

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker