NFL Rankings: The 32 Most Embarrassing Moments in History

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NFL Rankings: The 32 Most Embarrassing Moments in History
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Let's face it.

As popular as the NFL has grown over the years, there have been a few missteps along the way.

Some were taken by the league, teams or individuals, and occurred both on and off the field.

In a time when fans are enduring a lockout, maybe, just maybe it will give some fans a perverse pleasure to look back at some of the most embarrassing moments the NFL has had over the years.

In compiling this list of the top 32 to represent each team in the league, even though some teams won't appear on this list and some might show up over and over again, I tried to cover events that might make a fan chuckle as well as the times that might be more than a little painful to some of us.

Admittedly, there are a couple of incidents that just didn't make the cut but probably should have.

Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Orlando Brown suffered a serious eye injury when referee Jeff Triplette accidentally hit him with a penalty flag. Brown was never the same player and eventually settled a lawsuit with the NFL.

Heck, kicker Mike Vanderjagt should have a whole wing in this hall of shame, not for missing several clutch field goals by the size of small countries, but for his constantly open mouth, which once caused the even-keeled Peyton Manning to refer to Vanderjagt as, "our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off."

Manning added, "The sad thing is, he's a good kicker. He's a good kicker, but he's an idiot.” (Courtesy of

Oh yeah, Manning made this comments at the relaxed atmosphere known as the Pro Bowl.

Regardless of my choices, I want your feedback. Am I forgetting something obvious or more deserving of being on this list?

Do you disagree with some of the choices? If so, why? 

Have at it!

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