Four NFL Figures That Will Probably Burn In Hell

Seth RabinContributor IIIJuly 27, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate with the BCS Championship trophy after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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People like Walter Payton, Pat Tillman, Bart Starr, and others have done things that labeled them as "heroes".  However, there are those that have betrayed fans and cities.  If I included all the other sports, Mark McGwire and LeBron James would be in this article, but I'm an NFL guy and I'm only including NFL guys.  Enough of me talking,let's go.

Nick Saban - After winning a national championship at LSU, Saban took his coaching to the Miami Dolphins and had a promising first year going 9-7, but the next year, they went 3-13.  What automatically gave him a bad reputation was in July 2005, when he yelled at defensive tackle Manuel Wright so hard he made him cry.  But what put him in this article was when he publicly denied that he was going to coach at Alabama.  Two weeks later, he publicly announced he would be Alabama's next coach.  Talk about betrayal!  But there's 1 coach in NFL history that makes Nick Saban seem charitable.

Bobby Petrino- From 2003-2006, Petrino coached for the Louisville Cardinals, leading them to the 2004 Liberty Bowl and 2006 Gator Bowl.  After that, he replaced Jim L. Mora as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.  Things turned out wonderful.  Right?  WRONG!  After going 3-10, Petrino resigned as head coach, while the season was still going on.  He even left a letter in the players' locker room announcing his resignation.  It didn't end there.  Right after he resigned, he became the head coach of the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas.  This might be why NFL Network ranked him #1 on their list of coaches who belonged in college.

Brett Favre - Brett Lorenzo Favre, yes, Lorenzo, had a Hall of Fame career on March 4, 2008.  It could've been a happy ending to an extravagant career.  Tears were coming down his cheeks and his voice started to crack.  He showed as much emotion as you could imagine.  Four months later, you bet he had emotion, but it wasn't the same as before.  He came back to the Packers to ask if he could rejoin the team when he knew the Packers were going to continue with Aaron Rodgers.  A week later, he wrote a letter to them asking for a release so he could play for another team.  Instead, the Packers traded him to the New York Jets, almost leading them to the playoffs.  Again, he announced that he would retire.  However, right before the start of the 2009 NFL season, he signed with another team.  It wasn't just any team, it was the MINNESOTA VIKINGS, one of the Packers' divisional rivals.  When he returned to play the Packers at Lambeau Field, I personally thought he was going to be assassinated.  The minute he ran onto the field, you could hear the boos from your TV set.  As a Bears fan, it's fun for me to see this man who was a hero for the city of Green Bay now become a villain.  I still believe the Packers will retire #4, but it won't be for awhile.

Art Modell - Was Paul Brown a legend in Cleveland?  Let's see!  An NFL team is named after him, his team went to 11 championships, he's a Hall of Fame coach, he was also an innovator.  He was one of the first coaches to send plays to his quarterback via radio.  Apparently, new Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell didn't care, and fired him in January 1963.  One sportswriter said the firing was "like the toppling of the Terminal Tower".  Maybe Modell had something going.  Two years later, the Browns win the NFL Championship with probably the greatest player of all time, Jim Brown.  Thirty years after that, the Browns didn't win another championship and had trouble making it to the championship game.  Things only got worse in 1995, when Modell announced he was moving the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.  During the final game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, more people were protesting outside of the stadium.  Even Mike Ditka said, "If Modell had any sort of sense of dignity he would have sold the team."  A year later, the Browns are now the Baltimore Ravens and don't have playoff success its first 4 years.  In 1999, the Cleveland Browns started up again, but would be hit hard in 2000, when the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV in only the 5th year of their existence.  Modell is immortalized in Baltimore, but in Cleveland, he's Public Enemy #1.  In Rod Woodson's 2009 Hall of Fame speech, Woodson, who played for the Ravens when they won the Super Bowl, claimed Modell belonged in the Hall of Fame.  There were more boos than cheers.  In fact, there were no cheers.  That says it all right there.