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This is one of the sillier feuds on this list, but a deserving one if for no other reason than the words that were exchanged.
In September of 2006, the then—Steeler linebacker graced a September issue of Sports Illustrated that lauded him as the game's most feared player. For a defensive player, there is perhaps no better reputation.
Chad Johnson, the infamously sassy receiver for the Bengals and division rival, was not impressed. In the previous season, he had to watch the Steelers dispatch his team in the playoffs after a season that was chock-full of smack talk between the two teams.
He quickly instigated a war of words that ate up a bunch of ink on sports pages all over the country. In the week before they were set to play the Steelers, Johnson was heard playfully mumbling, "Who am I going to pick on today?"
And then, "I'll pick on Joey!"
Porter was hardly fazed. "He's not serious," said Porter of Johnson. "That's the type of guy he is, whatever gets him going. He's going to have an opportunity. I'll be right there on the 50—yard line waiting for him."
The Bengals went on to win the game 28-20, but Johnson had only one catch for 11 yards. As for Porter, he had half a tackle and a pass deflection. What a let down.