If you’re a fan of the NFL, then you obviously have players you absolutely hate. Sometimes it’s because they kill your favorite team during every matchup, sometimes they’re just douche bags on the field or off, other times they’re just attention whores, needing a quick attention fix. Whatever their reason may be, people generally don’t like them. There are hundreds of these players in the NFL but the next 10 were voted as the 10 Most Hated Players In The NFL by our bloggers:
10. Ray Lewis
The man is an intimidator on defense and always seems to get the job done. As much as he’s feared by the offense, most people don’t like his attitude and haven’t forgotten his indictment for murder and aggravated assault charges.
Even after winning the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXXV, Disney and other companies refused to give endorsements deals to Lewis, unlike those given to previous MVP winners. The famous line, “I’m going to Disney Land,” was said by Quarterback Trent Dilfer instead.
9. Brandan Marshall
Marshall’s off the field issues along with his inability to listen to his coach, has earned him a suspension, cost him playing time, money and respect in the locker room. Marshall has been in trouble with the law for some time now with assault and battery charges, arrest for DUI, was at the party that killed teammate Darrent Williams, which supposedly happened because of a problem the killer had with Marshall’s cousin. Can’t love a guy who can’t seem to get with the program.
8. Eli Manning
This one is an obvious one, especially for San Diego Charger fans. Before draft day in 2004, he made it clear he didn’t want to play in San Diego and was immediately traded to the Giants for Phillip Rivers ad draft picks, which ended up being Shawne Merriman.
Anytime a player isn’t gracious for being drafted into the NFL and a chance at millions of dollars and refuses to play for a team, will get a lot of hate. Even though he’s one of the highest paid players in the NFL and has already won a Super Bowl ring, many still consider him a douche.
7. Chad Ochocinco (Johnson)
He’s an entertainer, a clown on and off the field but his big mouth usually gets him in trouble. He’s been fined multiple times for on-field celebrations, one time for holding up a sign that read “Dear NFL, Please don’t fine ma again.”
Of course if you read his name, you know he did something crazy, no one names themselves Ochocinco. He was fined in 2006, for changing his name on his jersey to Ocho Cinco, which represents his number. Afterward he legally changed his name to Ochocino, so he can wear it during games. He was also sued for refusing to give away a Lexus during a raffle. He later settled that lawsuit.
6. Tony Romo
This was a surprise but I guess our writers and people in America are tired of Romo. His rise to stardom has been noted but so have his distractions from football by courting some high profile celebrities: Carrie Underwood, Sophia Bush and Jessica Simpson. Of course Jessica Simpson is one of the reasons for why Romo gets a lot of flame.
During an Eagles/Cowboys game in 2007, Simpson was spotted at the game, a game in which Romo had a terrible outing. Fans were upset at Simpson because she was seen as a distraction for Romo. Things escalated during the playoffs in January of 2008, when Romo was spotted with Jessica in Cabo, the week before a playoff game against the NY Giants. Cowboys lost that game the following week and more controversy erupted.
Cowboys fans are glad Romo has since dropped Simpson and is back focusing on football, that is until he gets distracted by the next hot female celebrity that comes his way.
5. Tom Brady
It’s easy to see why Tom Brady is one of the most hated players in the NFL, even if he is an upstanding guy, a pretty boy who’s married to Giselle, he still plays for the Patriots and is coached by Bill Belichick, a coach most fans absolutely love to hate. During the Patriots run for an undefeated season in 2007, Brady and Belichick pretty much assaulted every team they played.
In the playoffs and Super Bowl, Brady and the Patriots instantly became villains as almost every non-Patriot fan turned into Giants fans. As long as he plays for the Patriots and continues to lead them to 4th quarter comeback victories, he’ll always be a villain in the eyes of many.
4. Randy Moss
No surprise here. He was Chad Johnson before Chad Johnson became the clown that he is. Moss’ talent is usually overshadowed by his laid back demeanor and supposed lack of effort. He’s most famous on-field incident happened during the 2005 playoffs against the Packers after a TD. He ran to the goal post, feigned pulling down his pants to moon the fans in Green Bay. He was fined $10,000 by the NFL. Since then he’s come to the much hated Patriots and gets the same treatment Tom Brady does as a player for the Patriots.
3. Mike Vick
This one is too easy.
2. Terrell Owens
True NFL fans can’t deny his talent but his attitude towards teammates and fans usually end up causing a rift in the team. His me-first attitude got him in trouble in San Francisco, then caused massive problems in the Eagles locker room by saying Eagles would be undefeated with Brett Favre as QB over McNabb. He was suspended and released at the end of the season.
T.O. caused another rift, this time in Dallas with QB Tony Romo, for not getting enough touches. As talented as this guy is, he’ll forever be remembered for his locker room headaches, constant need for attention, and multiple suspensions for end zone celebrations. Oh and how can we forget his fake suicide attempt. Bills fans are holding their breath.
1. Brett Favre
Brett Favre, once renowned for being one of the best QB’s in the game with his slingshot arm and ironman like qualities but recently has become the butt of jokes for late night comedians, fans and even players. His “annual” retirement decision has annoyed fans to the point where they don’t really care for his antics anymore and absolutely hate him for stringing teams along while making his decision. He’s now on a Sears commercial, where he can’t make up his mind on which TV to buy. If he continues with his retirement announcement every year, people may forget how great Brett Favre really was.
Which one of these players do you absolutely hate the most? Did we leave off anyone that’s deserving of a position on the top 10?
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