Besides the enormous, seven-figure salaries players get to play the sport they grew up loving to play, one of the things that makes the NFL so fun is trash talking.
Trash talk has become part of the game, but some players do it a lot more than others. Here is a list of five of the biggest trash talkers in the NFL today.
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Who else could we kick off a list like this with?
Ray Lewis is in his 16th season in the NFL, and he has had a reputation for trash talking since he's been in the league. Lewis played for the Miami Hurricanes in college, a team that has a history of producing trash talkers, one of the most prominent being Warren Sapp.
He's known as a great motivator and a general for the Baltimore defense, and his mouth is constantly moving during football games.
Ray Lewis has become a poster child for trash talk in the NFL.
Cortland Finnegan is one of the more infamous trash talkers in the NFL.
Finnegan is often seen jawing with the receivers he's covering, and he has what seems to be an ongoing rivalry with Texans receiver Andre Johnson, which has gotten physical at times.
Johnson is not known for being a violent person, so this beatdown proves how good Finnegan is at getting under players' skin with his words.
Love him or hate him, Rivers has one of the NFL's biggest mouths.
Steve Smith has fallen off the map in recent years before having a resurgent 2011 season, but he's always been a big trash talker.
Smith is known for calling out players and talking trash during interviews as well as on the field. He's a big ego guy, but he talks with his play on the field just as much as he does with his mouth.
He was even voted as one of the funniest trash talkers in the NFL.
You can't begin a list like this with anyone but Ray Lewis, but you can't end a list like this with anyone but Chad Ochocinco.
Ochocinco is widely known as the biggest trash talker in football throughout the NFL. He is always seeking attention, his name change highlights his massive ego, he talks trash nonstop during football games and he has even called out UFC fighter Georges St. Pierre.
One of his more famous trash-talking moments is his claim that Darrelle Revis could not cover him.
Revis held Ochocinco to two catches later that season.