You are big enough to take on NFL offensive linemen and strong enough to throw them aside.

You are tough enough to take down bruising NFL running backs and fast enough to cover them on passing plays.

You have a mean streak; and you are smart enough to be the QB of the defense.

Before you came players named Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Ray Lewis.

You are an NFL middle linebacker.

And you are in good company, as there are some great middle linebackers today who may be as good as those named above...but who is the best?

Who is the best middle linebacker in the NFL?