Donovan McNabb, Jay Cutler & the NFL's Most Ceaselessly Ridiculed Players
In case you haven't led your team to the NFC championship game, you should know that leaving the game with an MCL sprain isn't the best PR move.
There are reasons galore why players are ridiculed, ranging from conspicuous injuries at the wrong times to something as ridiculous as not being black enough (see McNabb, Donovan).
Here are the few players in the NFL who can't escape being teased by the media, the fans and their fellow players.
Tom Brady doesn't get flak because he's a bad player, or because he did something wrong—people just find reasons to ridicule Tom Brady.
Brady plays for the much-hated New England Patriots, and he represents the face of a disliked franchise.
Brady has benefited from many quarterback-friendly rules, making him the poster child for the "quarterbacks wear skirts" mentality that many defense-sympathizing fans have.
Not only that, but Brady also has long hair and cried in a recent interview about his draft-day experience, adding fuel to the fire of the "Brady is a girl" insults.
If you've followed football at all the past two years, you've had to have made an Albert Haynesworth joke or two.
Haynesworth is an easy target, considering he signed a massive deal and became a complete albatross for the Redskins.
Also, the defensive tackle refused to play in Mike Shanahan's 3-4 defense, and he was unable to pass a conditioning test for the team, which makes his story even funnier.
As if there wasn't enough to tease Haynesworth about, he is in the midst of a trial for fondling a waitress at a local diner.
I'm not sure whether or not he still counts as an NFL player, but all I know is that he is the best punchline to a joke that the league has seen in years.
Russell was the first overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2007, and anyone the Raiders select with a high draft pick is bound to be teased if he doesn't perform.
The LSU standout went on to have his career derailed by drug usage and bad performance, eventually losing his job in Oakland to anyone with a pulse.
On top of all of that, Russell's own life coach quit on him, providing an interesting and very funny twist to the JaMarcus Russell saga.
Prior to the NFC championship game, Jay Cutler was the anti-social quarterback who was making his first-ever playoff appearance.
He didn't like cooperating with the media, but he kept to himself for the most part, so as fans we laid off of Cutler.
When he decided to sit on the sidelines for an MCL sprain, however, that was when the ceaseless ridiculing began.
Cutler's knee injury was called into question for its severity, as the quarterback seemed able to at least walk on the knee, and it's not the most popular thing to do to sit on the sidelines with a debatable (from our perspective, but I can't speak for Jay) injury. We couldn't resist the teasing opportunity.
Be it from the media, fans or even fellow athletes, Donovan McNabb has gotten his fair share of uncalled-for ridicule.
From the beginning, Eagles fans booed McNabb, having preferred the more-hyped Ricky Williams for their team.
Later on, Rush Limbaugh weighed in on how McNabb wasn't actually good, but people pretended he was because the media wants a black quarterback to succeed.
Even recently, McNabb faced criticism for not being 'black enough' from a fellow athlete, boxer Bernard Hopkins.
Derek Anderson may have been one of the best characters in the NFL last year, and when a player throws himself out there with noticeable behavior (as we'll see in the next slide), ridicule is almost inevitable.
Anderson was a Pro Bowl quarterback on the Cleveland Browns when he began his descent into football irrelevancy.
Following a loss of his job in Cleveland, the quarterback took his show to Arizona and battled for the starting job with Matt Leinart.
When Anderson won and ended up playing terribly, he gave us the most repeatable, ridicule-able (if that's even a word) soundbyte from the season.
When even Dwight Howard is making fun of you, there is a problem.
Chad Ochocinco used to be one of the game's most flamboyant, funniest personalities, but now his performance on the field doesn't match up to his performance off of the field.
For a player to keep the fans in his corner, he needs to back it up with production, and Ochocinco hasn't done that.
Changing his last name, trying out for soccer teams, and riding bulls only gives us more to tease Ochocinco about.
Fans used to love the entertainer in Ochocinco, but now we mock it.
Favre was the darling of the media, having just finished a legendary career in Green Bay with a Super Bowl ring to boot.
Then he went on a three-year odyssey of publicized sexting, wavering retirements and, finally, bad performance, showing how selfish he is.
Now Favre is the center of many fan and media jokes, and Favre Watch is more of a joke than a serious wait.