Randy Moss and the 25 Biggest Egos in Sports

Todd BoldizsarAnalyst IOctober 26, 2010

Randy Moss and the 25 Biggest Egos in Sports

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    It's amazing what a little money can do to a person.

    Fame, fortune and even scandal have turned these athletes into prima donnas in the realm of professional sports.

    If you get fined for your Twitter posts, have insured your hair or have your own reality TV show, you may just have...one of the biggest egos in sports.

Honorable Mention: Milton Bradley

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    "Social pariah" does not even begin to describe what Milton Bradley's ego and anger issues have done to his career.

    Multiple fights with teammates and coaches have earned Bradley a fading chance at redemption and certainly a black mark on his clubhouse compatibility chart.

    Bradley is a shining example of the downside to ego.

Honorable Mention: Adam Jones

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    A laundry list of teams played for in a short period of time will instantly draw you to the ego flame.

    Adam "Pacman" Jones has made headlines for his ego and inability to play well with others. Run-ins with the law don't help much either.

    Jones has evidently calmed down as of late, but ego is a tough thing to smother.

Dishonorable Mention: Ben Roethlisberger

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    How much of an ego do you have to maintain when you get accused of sexually assaulting a woman twice in a year?

    It must be exhausting to carry all that ego around from women's bathrooms to hotel rooms and away from the media all the time.

    I can't blame the bouncers who keep letting him in though. He must be the largest, sweetest alleged rapist they've ever met.

25. Michael Irvin

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    The only reason Michael Irvin is on this list is because his ego has survived long enough to be compared to the new school of egomaniacs.

    Irvin has never disappeared into the shadows when given the opportunity to bask in the spotlight. His flair for the on-field celebration, his trash talking and his ability to make everything about Michael lands him on this list years after his playing days are over.

24. Sean Avery

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    What better way to show off your ego than making self-glorifying sexual comments to the media? Avery was kicked off the L.A. Kings for refusing to practice and kicked off the Dallas Stars for his infamous "sloppy seconds" comments.

    Making a name for yourself certainly starts with putting yourself before your team, which Avery willingly does every chance he gets. He may be silent for now while a member of the New York Rangers, but it's only a matter of time before his ego takes over once again.

23. Jerry Jones

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    Arguably one of the most successful owners in NFL history, Jones may have something here when his huge ego comes around.

    Swagger definitely plays a part in ego, and Jerry Jones has swagger for days. He has openly proclaimed it the biggest honor in football to play for his team and has certainly hosted many ego-tripping athletes along the way.

    Never mind the resemblance to Yoda—swagger overcomes all obstacles.

22. David Beckham

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    Can you blame the guy? He is one of the best players on the biggest stage in sports. His wife is smoking hot, and he can switch teams whenever he chooses.

    On top of all that, you must have a huge ego to pose in your underwear.

    His ego finally got the best of him when it hit Los Angeles, as he decided he was too good for the LA Galaxy, going on loan to Milan, which he has since done twice.

    His loyalty has come into question, but he remains a key member of the Galaxy, with just a few less cheers when he takes the field.

21. Kyle Busch

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    Thrown out of Hendrick racing for the opposite of humility, Busch is quickly making a name for himself as a highly competitive, overly confident NASCAR headliner. 

    Fights on the track and a huge tab for opponents' car repairs are just two of the many bullet points on Busch's ego resume.

20. Paul Pierce

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    It takes a big ego to make even Doc Rivers not want to hear what you have to say sometimes.

    Pierce certainly has an ego to rival Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, but his ego completes the rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers and makes even the regular season matchups intense.

    Perhaps Pierce has one of the biggest egos in sports, but that's what makes him fun to watch. Maybe he should consider coming up with his own nickname and then spreading it online and pretending he didn't think of it himself.

19. Frank McCourt

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    Somewhere in recent history, the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers had the chance to say, "I'm sorry" and avoid becoming public enemy No.1 with his own fans (a.k.a. paying customers).

    However, he chose to stand his ground, gather up every bit of ego he has and use it to alienate himself from his wife and target market at the same time.

    Now McCourt has released statements to the media proclaiming he has no intentions of selling the team. There is a possibility a single man's ego can destroy a storied MLB franchise. Frank, take a hint from rap's biggest ego next time and holler, "We want a prenup!" 

     

    For more on the McCourt divorce, check out: "Fury of A Woman Divorced: Jamie McCourt Is Destroying Dodgers to Spite Frank."

18. Kobe Bryant

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    The heyday of Kobe's ego may be behind him, but it's still present in his demeanor and persona. Bryant made waves by breaking up a dynasty in Los Angeles, alienating teammate Shaquille O'Neal, who undoubtedly held up his ego wall in response.

    Some would argue that ego, or swagger, is an element of greatness for athletes, but the ability to maintain it and keep it under control is likely the key component to that aspect. Bryant has found that in his later years, and back-to-back championships are the result of passing the ball.

17. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Anyone else heard about his sexual exploits in a French hotel room? Apparently Ronaldo has verbally confirmed several sexual encounters and paid thousands of dollars in hotel stays totaling about a week's time.

    The soccer star is now doing commercials for Armani underwear, and it wouldn't be shocking to see his ego get as big as a soccer field when the campaign hits TV screens everywhere.

16. LeBron James

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    When you are constantly compared to Michael Jordan, ego is bound to accumulate. Such is the case for LeBron James and his smug sense of self-accomplishment despite no championship ring.

    His recent decision to leave his legion of fans in Cleveland to build an overly hyped "super team" with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has all but shut the door on the possibility of a humble NBA king.

    I will admit though, of all the athletes with big egos, James may just back his up the best. 

    (I hope he's not reading this; I may have just made it worse.)

15. Ray Lewis

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    A side effect of ego is a big mouth, and Lewis is hard to shut up. The linebacker is a sound bite wet dream for media moguls and sports reporters everywhere.

    Lewis backs up his ego with tough physical play and hard work but never shies from a moment in the spotlight. He's more like a moth toward the light, with the moth being the self-righteous king and the light being cheap attention.

14. Mark Cuban

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    The Dallas Mavericks owner and business brain has mastered the art of success—and ego inflation. The boss' ego has gotten him more TV appearances than some of the starting five of his team.

    As the millions pour in, the ego builds, and where it stops, nobody knows.

13. Ron Artest

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    Shades of Dennis Rodman's arrogant demeanor shine through glaringly in Ron Artest. His ability to get under the skin of other players while showing off how angry he can make them are certainly worthy of making the list.

    Artest now boasts of successes in therapy, but something tells me his ego glory days are not completely behind him.

12. Tiger Woods

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    Making a top ego countdown is probably the last of Tiger's worries right now, but until recent events, his ego was at an all-time high.

    Guaranteed to be a part of his infidelity was the thought he would never get caught. The narcissistic mentality "I'm too powerful to ever get caught" was the silent villain in this whole situation for Woods.

    At least his ego swelled to the point of bursting, and his level of control on his ego was no longer able to sustain him.

    To his credit, of all the athletes on this countdown, Woods deserves to have an ego more than the rest as the greatest individual athlete of the century.

11. Al Davis

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    It has been said the key to the Oakland Raiders' success lies in the coffin of Al Davis. (Actually, I just made that up. Good though, right? I thought so.)

    Once instrumental in the AFL-NFL merger, and considered tolerant for his hiring of African-Americans on the coaching staff, Davis has become better known in his later years for his stubbornness and unwillingness to take advice.

    The Raiders have the worst record in the NFL over the last decade, and all signs of the glory days have dried up and withered away, yet Davis' ego is ever-present in the iron-clad silver and black hearts and minds of Raider Nation, a bitterness that may just last until Davis can no longer speak, and then some.

10. Stephon Marbury

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    It takes a pretty big ego to talk yourself out of the NBA. Stephon Marbury did just that and now plays professional basketball in China.

    Maybe the Milwaukee Bucks saw this train wreck coming when they quickly decided to trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves after drafting him fourth overall in 1996.

    What a year for the draft that was: Allen Iverson No. 1, Shareef Abdur-Rahim third, Stephon Marbury fourth. Pop the cork on that wine; it won't get any better with age.

9. Shaquille O'Neal

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    Cleveland took a page out of the Bengals' playbook with this move, putting two of the biggest egos in basketball on the same court, and even on the same team.

    Shaq could be considered the godfather of ego-boosting, setting the standard for future athletes everywhere to become self-publicists.

    Say what you will: O'Neal has made a career out of self-promotion and has led the way for countless athletes, and a current teammate, to do the same.

8. Charles Barkley

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    Only Charles Barkley would be proud of a golf game like...Charles Barkley's.

    One of the most vocal advocates for his own prowess, Barkley is a legend in calculated narcissism. He has long since left the game of basketball as a player but has maintained his ego even in retirement.

    I would love to overhear a "Who is the better athlete?" argument between him and Muhammad Ali from his fighting days.

    The argument would sound like two overly general and sensational boasts at a time, and they probably could be looped to music to make a chart-topping hip-hop single.

7. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be the modern-day Muhammad Ali in terms of self-promotion and trash talking, but he is separated from the legend for the tendency of his ego to be debilitating.

    Muhammad Ali is arguably the most beloved boxer of all time. His ego made him a legend, but also beloved by fans around the world.

    Mayweather, on the other hand, just has a reputation for a huge ego.

6. Allen Iverson

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    Maybe Allen Iverson was finally jealous of another human being when he saw Stephon Marbury take his game overseas due to no other NBA team wanting that gamble.

    Recently Iverson was in the news for signing with a Turkish basketball team, and maybe Turkey is just the place he should be. A whole new wave of NBA egos is emerging, so one after the other will have to be forced out at the other end, with Iverson one of the many on its way out.

    Iverson's infamous "practice" rant was the climax of a self-centered career, and if there was ever a stat called the "non-pass," Iverson would be in the history books for years.

5. Randy Moss

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    Perhaps growing up in a high school full of racial tension provided fuel to Moss' fire, but Moss has taken his success with a two-ton grain of salt. Problems with the law and teammates have only built his reputation as one of the biggest egos in sports.

    Randy has committed one of the biggest tell-tale signs of an oversized ego: demanding possession of the ball as often as possible. Winner winner, chicken ego dinner.

4. Alex Rodriguez

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    Leaving an entire city behind that adores your every move for the most lucrative contract in sports history will put you on the ego list every time.

    Add the idea that you are the best player on the best team in baseball, and a blimp-sized ego is born.

    If you're a Yankee fan, you love him, or at least tolerate him because he hits steroid-funded home runs. If you are a fan of any other team, you probably hate him. That only fuels his fire and furthers his name in the media.

    Way to go haters—A-Rod's ego is now even bigger.

3. Manny Ramirez

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    Well, there's no one quite like Manny. No one celebrates their fielding blunders or ability to alienate teammates quite like Manny Ramirez has done throughout his career.

    Another trait of an oversized ego is the celebration of self no matter the situation. Before finally admitting he wasn't the best of teammates in Boston, Manny viewed his separation from the Red Sox as the entire organization turning its back on him.

    In reality, it was his unwillingness to share an equal part on a team that got him his reputation as an egomaniac and his place on this list.

    Since then, not much has changed...

2. Terrell Owens

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    Cincinnati Bengals steps to success:

    1. Stop losing.

    2. Get the two biggest egos in sports on the roster.

    3. Win games.

    How is the strategy working out so far? 2-4 record with the two biggest egos in sports on the roster. Back to the drawing board...

    Terrell Owens' ability to hit the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons, including a freak crying incident about...well, something to do with his quarterback...has somehow fueled his ego.

    It seems like Terrell is still living off a single catch as a San Francisco 49er on the other end of a Steve Young pass. Yeah, that's how long ago that was.

    Owens is still somehow in the spotlight, now with his own reality show in the same lineup as Ochocinco's, and his ego is growing faster than a baby with a tumor on its pituitary gland (don't kid yourself; look it up).

1. Chad Ochocinco

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    Let's face it—I just cannot rank this man any lower than No. 1.

    No one is more flamboyant, more overly self-assertive nor more synonymous with Twitter than Chad Ochocinco. The man is so cocky that he literally legally changed his last name to his number said in Spanish.

    How else do you explain those pink pants?

    Certainly Chad Ochocinco is No. 1, and his reality show about his life as a rich man cements his fate as the professional athlete with the biggest ego in sports.