NFL: Comparing 7 Wide Receivers to Pop Divas' Biggest Hit Songs

Gordon BlockContributor IIISeptember 8, 2011

NFL: Comparing 7 Wide Receivers to Pop Divas' Biggest Hit Songs

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    It's no surprise that the top wide receivers in the NFL today have a tendency to be open with some of their diva behavior. 

    Whether it be over-the-top touchdown celebrations, bizarre press conferences or self-centered demands to be fed the ball from their quarterback, many wide receivers have turned off casual fans with their attitude. 

    Even when their behavior isn't exactly diva-esque, the amount of attention bestowed on them takes away from the fact there are 10 others who play a big role in an offense's success.

    So why not compare them to the biggest hits of divas in the world of popular music?

    Here are seven wide receivers and their diva song counterparts.

Randy Moss: Madonna's "Like a Virgin"

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    Randy Moss, the currently retired wide receiver who last played for the Tennessee Titans, would probably like to return to a time when he was getting NFL catches for the very first time.

    Moss dominated the competition in his NFL rookie season, where he came out of nowhere to score a rookie record of 17 touchdowns and win Rookie of the Year.

    While his career has seen some major setbacks due to his bizarre on and off the field actions, I really wouldn't be too surprised to see Moss come out of retirement one last time and still make a big impact on a team looking for an offensive spark.

Terrell Owens: Diana Ross's "Do You Know Where You're Going To?"

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    Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens has done his share of diva-like behavior, including calling out several of his quarterbacks, over the course of his career.

    Despite this behavior, he has established himself as one of the top pass catchers of his generation. However, Owens is not getting any younger, and a torn ACL has his career in jeopardy.

    While his agent Drew Rosenhaus has said previously said he would be able to return in August (which has already passed without Owens hitting the field), it still remains in question what will come next for his career.

    Does anybody know where he's going to? Far from it.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh: Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time"

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    Do you remember when T.J. Houshmandzadeh was a legitimate receiving threat in Cincinnati? It may seem like ages ago, but in 2007, Houshmanzadeh shared the title of most receptions with Wes Welker and made his first (and only) Pro Bowl squad. 

    Since that time, he's seen disastrous back-to-back one-year stints with the Seattle and Baltimore, where his teams have underperformed majorly. His time with the Ravens ended with T.J. dropping a crucial third down pass near the end of their divisional round game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    There's no doubt that Houshmanzadeh would be looking for the nearest time machine if one were to be available.

Calvin Johnson: Aretha Franklin's "Respect"

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson doesn't play for the flashiest team and he doesn't always make the headlines. But there's no doubt in my mind that Johnson is due a little more R-E-S-P-E-C-T from fans and critics.

    He had to fight off criticism from former receiver and NFL commentator Cris Carter that he would never be an elite receiver, and that he would only be good in video games (nice Tecmo Bowl reference!).

    Speaking of video games, when going through the rankings of Madden 12, Johnson is fifth among receivers, when he should be in the conversation for top three at the very least (with Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald).

Jeremy Maclin: Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire"

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    Many fans were surprised to hear Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin could miss substantial time after going through the fire of an unknown illness.

    Suffering from night sweats, fever, and weight loss, there was some suspicion that the receiver could have lymphoma, a form of lung cancer. Tests were also run to check Maclin for mononucleosis, leukemia and AIDS. 

    Fortunately, all of Maclin's tests came back negative, and Maclin said he will "definitely" play in the Eagles' upcoming regular-season debut.

Michael Crabtree: Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It?"

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    So San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree missed nearly all of his rookie season in a holdout based on a draft position he wasn't a part of? So what Crabtree's attitude led tight end Vernon Davis to call him out publicly?

    What's the love of football got to do with that? 

    While Crabtree's play has been hindered by injuries, the negative perception from his previous self-centered actions off the field may leave a longer impression than nearly anything he does on the field.

    Surprisingly, Crabtree is just not sure how he got the diva label, saying, "I'm just a regular guy going about my business."

DeSean Jackson: Gloria Estefan's "Words Get in the Way"

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    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson may be incredibly talented on the field, but sometimes his words can get in the way of his efforts to be a role model.

    That was the case when he chided a caller with a gay slur when he appeared on Sirius XM's "All Out Show." 

    The comments were a step away from previous efforts from Jackson to lobby against bullying in schools, which included an appearance on "The View" with a bullied teenage fan.

    While Jackson later apologized for his choice of words, it may be too late to save his attempt to be a public leader against bullying.