The NFL's 15 Biggest Trash-Talkers

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2012

The NFL's 15 Biggest Trash-Talkers

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    The NFL season may be over, but the fun is just beginning for the fans. Besides the free-agency period and draft, fans can look forward to the league’s most eccentric characters having nothing better to do than providing quality entertainment in the absence of the game of football.

    The NFL has some of the biggest trash-talkers in all of sports, and the offseason is their chance to once again shine. With new media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, the NFL's most controversial stars have a podium inside the living room of every fan—and it's a sure thing they will take advantage of the opportunity.

    There are legends throughout the league when it comes to talking trash, but there are also some budding stars emerging in that category as well. Here are 15 of the biggest trash-talkers currently in the NFL who are sure to make this offseason and beyond vastly entertaining.

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    Philip Rivers has toned it down a little bit since Jay Cutler left his division, but he's still on a roll. Any given Sunday while watching a Chargers broadcast will reveal that Rivers still has it in him.

    Whether it's talking trash to defenders trying to sack him or looking at opposing sidelines after he throws a touchdown, Rivers has a tendency to mix it up with anything and anyone. While he claims it's being competitive and having fun, it can appear a bit immature as well.

    Rivers is one of the most entertaining players in the NFL because he seems to pop off at random times. The best part? Cameras and microphones will catch every second of the action.

Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots

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    There is no way to make a list of personalities without placing Chad Ochocinco on it at some point. There isn't much to be said here—Ochocinco is the best trash-talker in the game not named Ray Lewis.

    Chad promised to tone it down this past season in New England, and he did. If he didn't, he probably would have been cut because his on-the-field contributions were nonexistent. Chad kept his mouth shut when talking to the media, but during his limited time on the field he was his same old self.

    Chad goes down in the history books as an elite receiver with a great way of making sure all eyes are on him. As his career fizzles out, the absence of his electric personality will leave a huge void in the NFL.

Bart Scott, New York Jets

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    Bart Scott is slowly in decline when it comes to football ability, but he isn't losing a step when it comes to talking trash. Throughout his career Scott has been known as one of the more entertaining trash-talkers, but he placed himself in the upper echelon after his "Can’t Wait!" rant last season.

    Scott is infamous for hard hits and is also good at threatening other players—just ask Wes Welker. Scott worried the league so much with his words that the league had to issue a statement about threats and illegal hits.

    If that’s not effective trash-talk, then who knows what is.  

Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions

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    Ndamukong Suh is not only one of the best trash-talkers in the NFL but he is one of the dirtiest players as well—a deadly combination for himself and the opposition. Suh is a habitual dirty player with incidents such as stomping on an opposing player's arm and body-slamming an unprotected quarterback.

    Suh has also allegedly taunted hurt players with phrases such as "Get the cart!" He vehemently denies any and all accusations of foul play or trash-talking, but it's a moot point. Suh is far and away one of the biggest trash-talkers in the league, and that won't ever change.

Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

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    Terrell Suggs, hailing from "Ball So Hard University" has had an iron grip on the crown of trash-talk for a while now. It's almost as if he and fellow teammate Ray Lewis have a competition to see who can strike the most fear into opponents each week.

    Suggs' list of trash-talk is quite impressive, to say the least. He is also known for going on Twitter and posting photos of himself in shirts lined with expletives aimed at opposing teams. While Suggs is one of the best at his craft on the field, he is also a force to be reckoned with off the field as well.

    Striking fear into opponents before suiting up is something Suggs does with ease.  

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

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    If Philip Rivers is on this list, it would be ridiculous not to mention Jay Cutler as well. The well-documented feud between the two essentially ended when Cutler booked it out of Denver for greener pastures in Chicago, but Cutler hasn't let that change his ways.

    Right when Cutler was traded, he called up Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and told him he would be losing two games a year to Cutler; so far Cutler is a whopping 1-7 on that prediction.

    Despite outlandish claims, it's not out of the ordinary to see Cutler chatting it up on the field with opposing players as well. Cutler is a great talent with a horrible attitude—which makes for great entertainment for NFL fans.  

Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings

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    Jared Allen is one of the most dynamic personalities in the NFL. He terrorizes quarterbacks physically and mentally. For example, tweeting to Mark Sanchez about watching him sleep at night has to make Sanchez uncomfortable playing against him—right?

    Besides talking trash to other players on the field, Allen has a penchant for trashing entire cities as well. When asked about Detroit, Allen had this to say:

    "Everything is brown and then there is snow on the ground. There's like brownstones everywhere and I’m like, 'Awesome.' I don’t know, I couldn't do it. If I had to live in Detroit, I think I'd just drown myself in the river that was across the way."



    Speaking of ouch, Allen is also known for hitting opposing players below the belt. If there is a king of trash-talk in the NFL, it has to be Jared Allen.

Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

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    Ray Lewis has been the most feared player in the NFL for some time now. While his career is winding down, his ferocity and intensity haven't skipped a beat. Lewis is commonly seen hyping up his teammates before and during the game, and also gets the crowd riled up with his pregame dance.

    On the field, Lewis can be consistently heard talking trash to other players, and that is part of what makes him so great. Lewis has the ability to get into the mind of the opposition and defeat them mentally. Lewis isn't done just yet, and that's horrible news for offensive players around the league.

Rex Ryan, New York Jets

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    Only one coach can make this list, and of course it's the loud-mouthed head coach of the New York Jet, Rex Ryan.

    Ryan is known for his ridiculous trash-talk almost every time he talks to the media, something that apparently runs in his family. He has feuded with many people during his tenure as head coach, but the most notable has to be with the other team from New York, the Giants. Ryan went as far as to say the Giants were the "little brother" of New York, which has turned out to simply not be true.

    Ryan's ridiculous predictions and trash-talk have seemed to create more distractions than anything at this point. Some of these distractions are humorous for fans,—like the infamous foot video—but in the end it's his players and fans who lose when he causes untimely distractions.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    Tom Brady is quietly one of the biggest trash-talkers in the NFL. While a plethora of talk is always directed at him by opposing players, it's not like Brady doesn't do a little talking himself. Brady is smart about his talk and typically doesn't say anything to the media.

    Instead, he saves his talking for the field.

    Tune into a Patriots game any Sunday, and it's easy to see Brady jawing at other players and sidelines. Add in some slightly over-the-top football spikes as a celebration after a score, and Brady isn't as innocent as people would like to think.

Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

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    Brandon Jacobs hates just about everyone. He is what some would call a "hater," and no one is safe from his crosshairs. In particular, Jacobs really doesn't like New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, even going as far as telling Ryan, "It's time to shut up, fat boy."

    While Jacobs' beef with Ryan is well-documented, he isn't Jacob's only target. After the Super Bowl Jacobs decided to go after Tom Brady's supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen as well.

    As random as all of this is, it's been one heck of a ride with Jacobs so far. Hopefully the ride doesn't end anytime soon.

Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

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    Steve Smith has been dominating the league for a long time now and recently experienced a rejuvenating season thanks to rookie quarterback Cam Newton. Nothing has ever stopped Smith from causing trouble with his mouth, and that will never change.

    For example, Smith has fought his own teammates in training camps and injured them—notice the usage of plurality. Smith is a hot-head who can’t stop running his mouth. He also fights opposing teams with some regularity.

    Besides starting fights with his mouth, Smith is also very entertaining when speaking to the media. Hopefully NFL fans get to experience the randomness that is Steve Smith for a few more years.

Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans

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    Cortland Finnegan is extremely effective when it comes to getting in the head of opposing receivers. Having a mental edge is part of what makes him so great at what he does—and it also results in the beatdown shown above.

    Finnegan's words incite physical battles in every game he plays. He doesn't speak a lot to the media, but he leaves what he has to say on the field. One notable exception is when Finnegan told reporters he aspires to be the dirtiest player in the league.That, and telling reporters after the Titans signed quarterback Matt Hasselbeck that he doesn't really see much in him.

    It may not be ethical, but watching what Finnegan does next is exciting for fans.

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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    DeSean Jackson has proved to be one of the most unpredictable players in the NFL. His touchdown celebrations are nothing out of the ordinary, and the same thing can be said for his mediocre-at-best trash-talking.

    Jackson is known for talking on the field, but his most notable headlines come while off of it.

    How about getting in a Twitter war with a kicker?

    Or trashing his old quarterback after he is traded?

    Or taking shots at an opposing defensive coordinator?

    Jackson is an elite talent who is set to hit the free-agent market soon. Any fanbase that lands him will have one of the most entertaining players in the league—complete with the occasional headache as well.

Antrel Rolle, New York Giants

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    Antrel Rolle must be jealous of the publicity teammate Brandon Jacobs gets as a trash-talker, because Rolle runs his mouth a lot as well. He likes to talk big in any situation, which is fine, as long as he continues to back it up.

    Rolle was quick to say he knew the Giants would win the Super Bowl, and he also enjoys taking shots at opposing head coaches. Before the NFC championship this past year, he had a lot to say as well.

    Rolle is probably the least-known name on the list, but with the way he has been talking lately, he is quickly becoming a well-known name. Luckily for him, his play has been reinforcing his talk so far.