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8 Biggest Complainers in NFL History

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 9, 2017

8 Biggest Complainers in NFL History

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    For some players, competing in the National Football League comes completely naturally, as they are very talented players.

    Yet other players are just as talented at whining as they are at playing. You know the type. They're not happy if the team wins unless they also had a good game. Great athletes, but terrible teammates and total whiners.

    The following eight slides focus on some of the worst in NFL history.

Terrell Owens

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    Terrell Owens is one of the biggest whiners in NFL history. He literally ruined his relationship with Jeff Garcia in San Francisco, Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia and Tony Romo in Dallas.

    Owens is the one who tried to get Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to hold out at the beginning of training camp this season, and he still calls out McNabb every year or so.

Carson Palmer

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    The first overall draft pick in 2003, Carson Palmer wore out his welcome in Cincinnati and demanded a trade following the 2010 season.

    He didn't get it, so he decided to retire rather than continue playing professional football and attempting to win a Super Bowl.

Keyshawn Johnson

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    Any wide receiver who writes a book titled Just Give Me the Damn Ball! is definitely one of the most selfish players and biggest whiners in the National Football League.

    This is the story of Keyshawn Johnson, who published the aforementioned autobiography following his rookie season.

    He also was benched for the final half of the 2003 season following feuds with Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden.

Randy Moss

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    Randy Moss is one of the most talented wide receivers in league history, yet his lasting legacy may be his ability to whine, notably during the 2010 season.

    First, he was traded by the Patriots to the Vikings after Bill Belichick got tired of him. In Minnesota, he insulted the coaching staff and a local restaurant's post-practice catered meal and was released. He was picked up by the Tennessee Titans, where he closed out his NFL career in disappointing fashion.

Brett Favre

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    Brett Favre might be the biggest drama queen in the history of the NFL, most notably during the last few seasons, as he has retired and unretired about 14,000 times.

    He insulted the Green Bay Packers organization and claimed it pressured him into a decision about his retirement before the 2008 season.

    For every offseason since 2008, his name has surfaced as a potential candidate for playing the next season. Three times, he actually did.

Ryan Leaf

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    Ryan Leaf is the biggest draft bust in NFL history and made his mark not just as a failed athlete, but as a complainer too.

    In 2002, San Diego Chargers safety Rodney Harrison described Leaf's rookie season in 1998 as a "nightmare that you can't even imagine." Leaf complained to coaches and teammates and eventually retired following the 2001 season.

Jay Cutler

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    Jay Cutler demanded a trade from the Denver Broncos following the 2008 season, in which he threw for 4,526 yards.

    He got his trade and was sent to the Chicago Bears, but many lost respect for the Bears quarterback forever for his tendency to complain.

James Harrison

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    James Harrison has been the poster child for drawing fines on illegal hits in the National Football League, leading him to threaten retirement multiple times in the 2010 season.

    His remarks about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the offseason—calling him a "devil"—were completely out of line and totally inappropriate.

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