The 50 most colorful personalities in NFL history each meet a very specific and naturally subjective criteria.
For our purposes, let’s define “colorful” as someone who is rarely dull or boring, someone who when you see on television, you stop what you’re doing.
Maybe because they’re funny, maybe because they’ll say something controversial or inflammatory, or maybe just because they’ll do something outrageous.
Their performance certainly has something to do with their status as a “colorful” figure: a cocky player who backs up his words (or fails to) is more interesting than the strong, silent type.
But we’re not talking about on-the-field play. Players like Michael Vick and Jerry Rice would have to be near the top of that type of list. For that reason, players aren't the only colorful personalities to qualify.