Ochocinco and the 20 Most Eccentric Players in NFL History

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IFebruary 16, 2011

Ochocinco and the 20 Most Eccentric Players in NFL History

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    There is something about grown men being stuck with each other in an intense environment for long stretches of time that brings out the unusual.

    This is the best explanation I can think of for the reason that the world of professional sports seems to be inhabited by a higher percentage of eccentric personalities than the rest of society.

    The NFL has seen its share of colorful personalities waltz across its playing fields. Let's take a look at the following that have lived in hyper-color.

No. 20: Travis Jervey

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    Travis Jervey came upon a reality that many pet owners have had to face: "It did bite me one night and that's pretty much when we decided to get rid of it."

    The difference and eccentricity here is Jervey was talking about his pet lion, Nana. Nana used to sleep with Jervey. Then Nana got a little too big and "playful." 

    Jervey was always a shade more vivid than his contemporaries. His love for football always played second to his love for surfing and the outdoors. As soon as his NFL season was over, he would bolt for Costa Rica.

    He now owns property there but still maintains residence in the U.S., where he owns and runs a fitness center. 

No. 19: Jim McMahon

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    You might be worried about Jim McMahon's presence on our eccentric list, but don't be. He's not here to cause no trouble, he's just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

    McMahon was the guy with so many messages to spread that he had to wear a headband around his neck. How else was he going to get his messages across?

    He was also almost never seen without sunglasses and he was one of the first players to ever play with a visor. Besides him cultivating his cool image, he had a medical reason for this. His eyes were very light sensitive after he stabbed himself in the eye with a fork at the age of six.

    McMahon was constantly clashing with authorities during his playing days, but he apparently learned how to get along with authority after his playing days were over.

    This was apparent in his trip to Iraq to visit the USO and in the fact he became an authority as the owner of a restaurant and an indoor football team.

    His cooperation with authority was likely never more apparent than when cops pulled him over for suspicion of drunk driving one night, and he got out of his car and told them: "I'm too drunk. You got me."

    You think they asked him to do the Super Bowl Shuffle for his sobriety test?

No. 18: Jared Allen

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    Jared Allen is a such a dynamic mix of traits that the "business in the front and party in the back" look of the wildly outdated mullet did not look unusual on him. He is the man who would look weird playing in any number other than 69. 

    Allen puts his many talents, interests and eccentricities on display on his website.

    As his now-banned sack dance would suggest, Allen used to participate in calf roping events. He has said that once he retires, he plans on competing in steer wrestling.

    He is also an avid hunter and chef. He recently released a cookbook that has recipes for the various wild game he has caught. 

No. 17: Mark Gastineau

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    From one famous mullet-wearing, rodeo-loving sack master to another:

    Mark Gastineau and Brigitte Nielsen are strong contenders for the best looking couple with the worst hair. Mr. Gastineau himself is a strong candidate for the biggest eccentric in the NFL.

    As a child, Gastineau preferred competing in rodeos and collecting Native American artifacts over playing football.

    He ended up going with the football thing, and many QBs are not the same because of it.

    Gastineau's life off the field earned him as much press as his play on it. In 1987, he was one of the first players to cross the picket line. When the press asked him why, Gastineau honestly replied, "because I have alimony to pay."

    Gastineau's production had fallen off the map by the start of the 1998 season and people were writing him off. That is when he met and married Nielsen.

    She once showed up to a preseason scrimmage by having a limo drive onto the field. She got out, and she and her new hubby embraced and kissed for photos.

    Gastineau later added poetry to his talents when he had this to say about his new bride: "I love her deeply and if anyone should ever try to hurt her, I'll kill them."

    The relationship seemed to help his play—although steroids probably played a bigger factor. Gastineau had seven sacks seven weeks into the season and then retired. He said it was due to Nielsen having been diagnosed with cancer of the uterus.

    As he admitted later, it was actually the ol' fake-cancer-of-the-uterus-to-cover-up-positive-steroid-test routine.

    Gastineau began a professional boxing career and compiled a 15-2 record. However, many fighters came out and revealed they were paid to take a fall.

    Gastineau had a son with Nielsen who he has never met and he just recently told his daughters, from his previous marriage about.

    He served time for drug related and domestic violence offenses and now claims to be reborn.

No. 16: Chad Brown

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    Former All-Pro linebacker Chad Brown is a herpetologist. This surprised me: I didn't even know Brown had herpes. Then I discovered herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.

    Brown may be excelling in the world of reptiles more than he did on the gridiron.

    Brown has turned his lifelong love affair with snakes into a successful business. He founded and runs Pro Exotics, an emporium and one of the nation's largest online snake stores.

No. 15: Brian Bosworth

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    "The Boz is the guy who's not afraid to be an individual in a world of Automatons."

    "Brian is the quiet, unobtrusive, very professional side of me."

    That is how he described himself in his 1988 biography.

    For Brian Bosworth, being eccentric was a business decision. It was apparent from the start that "The Boz" had his mind on marketing himself as an anti-hero or an anti-god—his book contained the 10 Boz Commandments.

    I am not sure what they are, but I am guessing growing a super-rad mullet was No. 1.

    One of Bosworth's first acts as an NFL player was to sue the league for the right to wear his number, 44. He said he was superstitious. Well, that and his company was named Forty-Four Boz, Inc.

    Bosworth prepared for each game like it was the Super Bowl—not by learning the game plan or anything, but by marketing. Leading up to his first game against the Broncos, Bosworth told the media he was excited to "get his hands on John Elway's boyish face," and that he'd face a late-hit penalty rather than let Elway run out of bounds.

    Bosworth needed a police escort entering and leaving the Broncos' stadium. He also faced a crowd of thousands of people wearing t-shirts that asked "What's a Boz worth?" and answered "Nothing."

    Of course, The Boz was worth quite a bit more after that game. His company made and sold the T-shirts.

    Bosworth was out of football in three years, but he is still in acting. He is one of the few NFL players who actually got to star in a big budget movie, Stone Cold. He hasn't ever lived up to that starring status, but he has had plenty of acting jobs. He was also a natural fit for color commentator of the XFL.

    Away from the field, Bosworth shed the anti from his self-made anti-hero image. He has helped rescue a woman who rolled her SUV and also administered CPR to a stranger in a parking lot until medical help arrived.

    The Boz was worth their life to those two.

No. 14: Zack Follet

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    Zack "Pain Train" Follett is a linebacker, a rapper, a religious zealot and a cross-dressing comedian. Check out his website for evidence of his many eccentric "talents."

    Earlier this season, Follet came out and said that his teammate and Lions franchise QB Matt Stafford was a china doll. That was probably not a wise choice for a fringe NFL player entering his second year. As you'll see in the video above, however, it wasn't his fault—Satan made him do it. 

    While the comments did some damage to Follett's image, the Pain Train is not easily derailed: "Satan, that's all you got? That's all you got, bro?"

    That's right, Satan. It takes a little more to get to Follett.

No. 13: Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds

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    Jack Reynolds was an intense dude. He loved football and he was a fierce competitor. So when he and his Tennessee Volunteer teammates lost to Archie Manning's Ole Miss Rebels 38-0, Reynolds had a lot of pent up anger and energy that needed dispersing.

    The rest is nickname history. Reynolds had known of an abandoned Chevy near campus. He had wanted to cut it in half to make a trailer for his new Jeep.

    Full of frustration, Reynolds bought the cheapest hacksaw K-mart had to offer and 13 blades. Eight hours and 13 blades later, he had cut through the entire frame and drive shaft.

    Hacksaw's love of football was apparent in more ways than his body work.

    When Bill Walsh was asked if he was worried that playing four preseason games would be too much for the then-veteran Reynolds, he responded: "If we were playing 50 games, it would make Jack that much happier. He is consumed with football, even more than any addicted coach."

    This was not a fact that would not surprise his teammates. Hacksaw would show up at team breakfast in full pads and eye black.

    Hacksaw's high-rev motor was apparent early. As a kid, he would climb and sit in trees while his friends cut them down.

    He would also stand at the bottom of a hill while friends pushed down tires and he tried to catch them. Here's a valuable pointer from Hacksaw if you ever try this: "the ones that really hurt were the ones with the rims."

    Duly noted, sir.

No. 12: The T.Ocho Show

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    This prolific duo joined up to combine their well-used talents in 2010...on reality TV. Ocho was on T.O.'s show, T.O. was on Ocho's show and then they finally just got a show together.

    I remember when football players with a Hollywood mind used to be filmed while acting or pretending to be real. Now they are filmed while they pretend to act real.

    No two athletes play a bigger role in that trend then Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. 

    I combine them on this list because I expect that, next year, they will combine to form one mega-diva-receiver-reality-show giant.

    Aside from the reality TV exploits, these two have displayed other eccentric tendencies.

    Chad Johnson changed his name to the horribly incorrect Spanish translation of his jersey number. That is a rock-solid eccentric foundation. Owens goes for a more diverse eccentric approach.

    T.O. takes the psycho-stalker-girlfriend approach to dealing with his quarterbacks. It is all love and smiles at the start.

    Then at the first sign of friction, he starts throwing out any accusation that comes to his mind. Somewhere in between, he resorts to public fits of crying if he thinks the media is dissing on his man—uh, I mean QB.

    Owens life has been surrounded by drama and intrigue. As a young preteen, Owens said he found out who his father was when he was hitting on a neighbor girl and her dad told him he shouldn't do that, because he was also Owens' dad and the girl was his half sister.

    Later in life, Owens was reported to have attempted suicide by ingesting too many pain killers. He later refuted the report and said it was an allergic reaction and accidental.

    Now that is truly the stuff reality TV is made of...but not what he shows.

No. 11: John Matuszak

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    "You can get bruised when you cruise with the 'The Tooz.'" John Matuszak liked to throw out that disclaimer for anyone brave enough to try and party with him.

    The Tooz wasn't just blowing smoke either. He was so out of control that his coach, Tom Flores, asked Ken Stabler to let Matuszak move into his condo so that he could "move out of the trunk of his car."

    Stabler didn't have to clear a lot of room in his fridge for The Tooz. According to Stabler, Matuszak lived on Cheez Whiz, bagels and Crown Royal.

    It was his wild ways and hard-partying lifestyle that caused Matuszak to jump from team to team, despite being the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft.

    In his autobiography, Matuszak wrote that he was shipped out of Kansas City not long after his wife found him unconscious after a dinner of sleeping pills and alcohol. She called his coach, Paul Wiggin, and Wiggin ended up reviving Matuszak by pounding on his chest.

    Matuszak and his just-mentioned wife had a not unexpected rocky relationship. She once tried to run him over in her car after a fight. Matuszak fled to a cemetery and effectively used gravestones for cover.

    Matuszak was once arrested for a DUISRS. For those of you not familiar with that police lingo, that'd be driving drunk while shooting at road signs.

    He was a true freak of nature and an absolute beast. He entered the World's Strongest Man competition in 1978. He didn't train for it and he placed ninth.

    After his career, he went onto become a successful actor. As you see in the picture, he was one of the great 80s characters, Sloth. He also bared it all for Playgirl.

    Matuszak's lifestyle got the best of him at the way-too-young age of 38.

No. 10: Dhani Jones

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    Dhani Jones has put his many interests, desire to try new things and athletic ability on full display in his Travel Channel series, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

    And those are just a small portion of Dhani's hobbies and interests. He has his own fashion company, he donated his time to help Al Gore on his Climate Change Project, he writes poetry, paints, he is a carpenter and he plays classical music.

    He also does kooky ads for Febreze.

    Just think what this guy will do when he retires.

No. 9: Garo Yepremian

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    If Garo Yepremian had not played in Super Bowl X, he would be remembered for two things: an outstanding career and a colorful life.

    As it is, he is just the silly kicker that tried to throw a pass in a Super Bowl.

    Before all of that happened, Yepremian followed a path to the NFL that would make a movie seem unbelievable.

    He was born in Larnaca, Cyprus. As a young adult, he and his brother, Krikor, moved to America in hopes of finding a way to make a living and setting a foundation so their parents could join them.

    After a few minutes of getting his first taste of NFL action on TV, the heavens parted and a bright light encircled Yepremian. He promptly told his brother he would be a NFL place kicker—even though they had never seen a football, let alone kicked one.

    After some intense practicing, Yepremian was ready. Krikor became Garo's agent and they went out to find him a tryout.

    Understandably, they were laughed off by almost every team before Garo secured a tryout with the Detroit Lions. He blew them away and made the team.

    Garo didn't initially wear a facemask because it bothered him. It didn't bother him as much after Ray Nitschke happily knocked some fear and injuries into the 5'6" Yepremian.

    Yepremian later quit the NFL to enlist in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, he signed with the Miami Dolphins and the rest, as they say, is follies history.

No. 8: Clinton Portis

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    Dressing up in costumes is not eccentric. Dressing up in costumes on days that do not start with "Hallow" is a tad bit eccentric. Dressing up in costumes, coming up with a full character and then giving a full interview in character is full eccentric.

    It's just another day on the job for Clinton Portis. Coach Janky Spanky, Dolla Bill—“100 pennies, four quarters, 10 dimes, 20 nickels. That’s Dolla Bill,"—Dolemite Jenkins and Choo Choo are just of few of Portis' alter egos.

    In an even further twist of eccentricity, one of Portis' first characters, Southeast Jerome, became a missing person after his Redskins got destroyed by the Giants.

    Portis later became Sheriff Gonna-Getchya and then Inspector Two-Two in order to conduct an investigation for Jerome—both investigations were fruitless.

    Portis later revealed, as the Angel of Southeast Jerome, that Jerome had actually passed on and was now kicking it in heaven.

    Portis is a quote machine in and out of character. As he himself says: "I don't mean anybody no harm, ...I'm just going to speak my mind, good or bad."

    Former teammate Santana Moss knows the score when it comes to what comes out of Portis' mouth: "You listen to anything Clinton says, you might fall for anything in life. Listen to him, you ain't going nowhere."

    That quote came as a response after Portis explained why Moss was having such an explosive season: "Now that he has gotten over his circumcision, he's doing a lot better. You can tell by the way he is running."

    Portis' eccentricities reach beyond football and into his other activities. He once told the press about his and former teammate and Hawaii native Colt McCoy's plan to swim with sharks. Someone asked if there might be a clause in his contract to prohibit this.

    Portis astutely pointed out that would be the least of his concerns: "I mean, I'm going to be in a cage! If a shark bites through the cage and they can't pull me up in time, I deserved it, boy."

    And he also deserves his lofty ranking on this list.

No. 7: Ted Hendricks

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    Ted Hendricks was a walking study of contradictions.

    Consider this quote by former teammate Ken Stabler: "Most Raiders loved to party, but Ted Hendricks was a party all by himself."

    Having Ken Stabler—who once said he studied his playbook by the light of a jukebox—say that is reason enough for induction into the Party Hall of Fame. 

    Now consider that Hendricks was a physics major at the University of Miami and he liked to relax by solving math problems, and you come to the inescapable eccentric realization.

    His eccentricities arrived in many forms. Hendricks showed up for his first day of practice with the Oakland Raiders in his jersey with a German-style spiked war helmet while riding a horse. He held a traffic cone for a lance.

    This was not his only instance of costuming. He showed up for one Halloween practice wearing a pumpkin for a helmet. There is also the famous shot of him from Monday Night Football on the sideline with a long, fake plastic nose.

    He would put on shows for onlookers at the Raiders' practices by lifting a barbell on the sideline with weights marked 500 pounds on each side. The weights were actually hollow—Hendricks hated lifting.

No. 6: Butch and Sundance

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    Larry Csonka and Jim Kiicka were partners on and off the field. The duo earned the nickname "Butch and Sundance." While they never figured out which one was which, there was little doubt as to how they got the name.

    "We managed to get in a lot of trouble all of the time with everyone," Csonka once said, "so that's probably why we got the nickname."

    The duo did things their own way, even when it rubbed Hall of Fame and famously stern coach Don Shula the wrong way.

    Kiick once had a group of friends attend a game and hold signs that said "Run Kiick or trade Shula." Shula noticed, too.

    Csonka was a little more brazen with his treatment of the coach. He once threw an alligator in Shula's shower (while Shula was in it) and watched him dash out naked.

    Csonka had a unique way of defusing situations. His rookie year, Ray Jacobs, a gigantic veteran defensive tackle, welcomed Csonka to training camp by hocking a tobacco filled wad of spit onto Csonka and his suit. So Csonka did what most people would do and grabbed Jacobs and kissed him on the mouth. He didn't receive any hazing after that.

    In a preseason game against the Bears, the Dolphins linemen tripped each other and fell over. That gave running back destroyer Dick Butkus a clear path to Csonka.

    Csonka promptly pitched the ball back to a surprised Bob Griese. "I was a slow farm boy, not a dumb one," Csonka said, and it was hard to argue.

    A player once told Csonka he would bite off his head, to which Csonka replied: "If you do that, you'll have more brains in your stomach than you do in your head."

    Csonka continues to do things his own way. He spends most of his time hunting and fishing in Alaska. He has filmed several TV shows about hunting and, in typical Csonka fashion, he had to pay a fine after being cited for filming in a National Forest without a license.

    I don't think he threw any alligators at the judge.

No. 5: Herschel Walker

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    Herschel Walker was an overweight child without any ambition. Both of these things came to an abrupt end.

    His dad was frustrated and worried about his son and asked him what he wanted to do with his life. Herschel replied he didn't want to do anything but watch TV.

    His dad made him a deal. He would let him watch all the TV he wanted if he would exercise during the commercials. Herschel attacked that like he has everything else in his life, with full force.

    He began doing sit-ups and push-ups that eventually led to a routine of 3,500 sit-ups and 1,500 push-ups a day—a routine he still practices.

    Walker revealed that he suffers from dissociative identity disorder. As a consequence, he doesn't remember the season he won the Heisman Trophy or later holding a gun to his own head.

    He almost qualified for the U.S. Olympics as a sprinter. He later participated in the Winter Olympics in the two-man bobsled. He has been in professional ballets, Celebrity Apprentice and he is currently a 2-0 MMA fighter.

    Walker's personalities are very productive.

No. 4: John Riggins

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    John Riggins wasted no time letting his coaches know he was a cat from a different litter box. After holding out of his initial training camp due to a contract dispute, a practice not nearly as common as it is now, Riggins returned with a Mohawk, a practice even less common than it is now.

    Here is how his coach, Weeb Ewbank, described Riggins when he signed his contract: "He had that Mohawk haircut and he was stripped to the waist, and he was wearing leather pants and a derby hat with a feather in it. It must have been what the sale of Manhattan looked like."

    That was not Riggins' only instance of a holdout. In 1980, he rode his motorcycle off of the Redskins practice field during training camp. He ended his holdout by announcing his retirement in Week 6.

    He returned to the Redskins in 1981 by saying: "I'm broke; I'm bored; I'm back."

    According to offensive lineman Joe Jacoby, the night before Super Bowl 23, Riggins came to the offensive linemen and asked if they could open up some holes because he was "in trouble with the coaches."

    He added that they didn't need to be big holes—he didn't want anything where he would run out of gas 15 yards down the field—just enough to get four or five yards.

    Riggins ended up gaining a then Super Bowl record 166 rushing yards and won the MVP of the game. Afterwards he told the press: "Ronnie Reagan may be president, but I am king for the day."

    This game opened up many unique and guarded doors in Washington D.C. for Riggins. He once attended a black-tie affair for Congress and was seated across from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who he famously told: "C'mon, Sandy, baby. Loosen up. You're too tight." 

    He then passed out under the table and snored through Vice President George Bush's speech. He was escorted out by security and into the eccentrics' Hall of Fame.

No. 3: Ricky Williams

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    It became apparent right away that Ricky Williams was not going to have a normal NFL career. Mike Ditka and the Saints traded all of their picks in the 1999 draft and two in the 2000 draft to acquire Williams.

    He then hired Master P's agency to represent him. He was the first sports figure under the company, and very likely the last. He signed what has to be the worst contract in the history of sports. It was a contract with a near-minimum salary and loaded with hard-to-reach incentives. 

    He then posed in a wedding dress with Mike Ditka for the cover of ESPN Magazine.

    After a slow start, Ricky's career began flying high and got higher. He continually tested positive for marijuana. The violations, depending on which of his reasons you believe, led to his early retirement from the league.  

    Ricky then went on an intense journey of personal discovery, one that he didn't necessarily understand himself and one that the public certainly didn't get. He was played in the media as a flaky pothead, but it was not something he was doing half-heartedly.

    He moved to Australia, where he read the bible by candlelight while paying $7 a day to live in a tent. He then enrolled in a 17-month course for holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda.

    After returning to the NFL and then getting suspended for a year—for weed—he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. The reason he chose Toronto, he said, was so he could teach free yoga lessons at a Toronto yoga facility.

    The contradiction of his professions as a touch healer and an NFL running back are impressively polar opposite and also completely befitting of Ricky Williams.

No. 2: Joe Don Looney

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    Come on, the guy's name is Looney. What did anyone expect?

    I'll let Hall of Famer Sam Huff kick-start things: "[He] never had both shoes tied. His whole life made no sense. He always had a smart answer for you, and he was very clever. Most of all, he was always the subject of conversation."

    Joe Don Looney was a freak of nature. He is often described as the best football player who never was. He was a muscle-filled 230 pounds and he could reportedly run 100 yards in 9.8 seconds. He was a running back with all the tools.

    He could also punt—he ended one season with a 42.5 yard average. After booting a punt 60 yards in practice, Looney said: "Hey, God, how did you like that one?"

    As off the chart as his athletic skills were, his eccentricities surpassed them.

    Looney was not a big fan of practice. "I know the plays," Looney told his coach. "It doesn't make any sense for me to go out there and run around doing stuff I've already learned."

    Looney may not have known the plays as well as he led on. "It was a twin-two-sweep-trap," Looney said as he described a touchdown run to reporters, "that means as much to me as it does to you."

    He obviously didn't put a lot of stock in knowing where to go on a play. "Anyone can run where the holes are. A good football player makes his own holes." 

    Looney didn't particularly like football. He did like that football got him the attention of women. Wayne Walker, his Lions teammate, said he invited eight different "girlfriends" to one of their games and Looney scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes.

    When Looney was told about this later, he said: "Wayne Walker is a liar. I think it was 13 women. It was an odd number. That's all I remember."

    Women were never far from his mind. Don Shula, one of Looney's many coaches, had former running back Alex Hawkins room with Looney to try and keep an eye on him. Hawkins kept an eye on him all right...all night.

    "I listened to him rant and rave. I heard of his grand scheme to buy an island near New Guinea, buy a boat, get some girls and some Texas buddies and go down there and breed a new race. ...I didn't dare close my eyes."

    Looney's eccentricities were not limited to the football field. He had his mastif hound fitted with barbells to build up its leg muscles.

    After football, Looney went to India and practiced meditation under Swami Muktananda. He worked as a laborer and he also cleaned up after the Swami's elephant. He moved back to Texas when the Swami died.

    Looney died when he drove his motorcycle off the road. The official reports said the brakes were never applied—applying the brakes was never his strong point.

No. 1: Tim Rossovich

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    "I love you, man, but I gotta wipe you out!" That sums up Tim Rossovich, and it is what he yelled at opponents across the line of scrimmage. He was a terrific linebacker and one of the NFL's biggest flower children.

    If the two activities seems to be contradictory, it seems about right for the game's biggest eccentric.

    NFL Films president Steve Sabol—a former roommate and close friend of Rossovich—was having a party one night and Rosovich knocked on the door wearing his clothes and flames. Sabol and a friend were far more concerned about this than Rosovich and immediately knocked him to the ground and smothered out the flames.

    Rossovich promptly stood up and said: "Sorry, I must have the wrong apartment," and left.

    Lighting himself on fire became a sort of calling card for Rossovich. He once set his afro on fire for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot.

    Rossovich's eccentricities extended to driving. He once drove his motorcycle off of a pier and later drove his friends to a bar and slowed down not by putting his foot on the pedal, but crashing into the wall of the bar.

    He also had a unique diet. Sabol shed some insight on this: "I don't want to say he was out of condition, but he never ate right." Sabol was not kidding. Rossovich, at various times, ate insects, cigarettes, pages of his playbook and glass. He used to open beer bottles by biting off the tops.

    Given his diet, it is amazing he didn't die—let alone had the strength to play in the NFL. Of course, this was probably due to his unique training regimen.

    He used to carry a compass with him so that he could always ensure he was sleeping with his head to the north. That way, in case you didn't know this to be true, the magnetic waves could run through and revitalize him.

    Rossovich stories are seemingly never ending and almost impossible to believe. The next one may be my favorite.

    In college, Rossovich and his bros were on a rope swing. They made a bet to see who could land closest to a bank of rocks. Rossovich had that bet in the bag. He launched himself onto the rocks and escaped with cuts and bruises.

    The cuts became infected after he jumped into a fish pond at a frat party. The infections sent him to the hospital after he developed a pesky coma.

    Once he came back to the world of the conscious, doctors ordered he stay away from football for eight weeks. Rossovich thought that was overkill. To prove to his coaches he was ready, he would repeatedly bang his head into his locker. The coaches sided with the doctors and did not let him play.

    Rossovich transitioned to acting after his football career and he had cameos in just about every classic 80s sitcom.

    The world is truly a more entertaining place because of Tim Rossovich.


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