The 50 Biggest Jerks in NFL History

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIOctober 28, 2011

The 50 Biggest Jerks in NFL History

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    What is a jerk? Someone who gets under your skin, someone who has a large group of people hating on their actions or, quite simply, some jerks are just flat-out scumbags. 

    Being labeled a jerk can be due to various amounts of reasoning, some being much more harsh than others. For an example, many believe that Bill Belichick is a jerk because of the way he handles the media, while many believe that Rae Carruth is a jerk because he's a convicted criminal. 

    With that being said, allow me to introduce to you 50 of the biggest jerks in NFL history. 

Freddie Mitchell

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    Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell certainly talked a lot of trash for someone who played only four years in the league and scored only five touchdowns.

    Many remember that Mitchell often referred to himself as "FredEx," and many remember his smack that he laid down before the Eagles' last game against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. 

Ricky Watters

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    Ricky Watters was one hell of a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, but he simply could not stop running his mouth.

    Putting his trash talking aside, Watters did have a productive career as he ran for 10,643 yards and scored 91 career touchdowns. 

    You could say that Watters was a Hall of Fame trash talker, but this guy is not in the Hall of Fame. 

Nick Saban

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    Nick Saban has done an amazing job as head coach at Alabama, but before he took the job at the college level, he simply was a jerk with the Miami Dolphins. Year after year it seemed like Saban denied rumors of him possibly being interested in going back to the college ranks, but he went against his word.

    Oh, and by the way, Saban did reject a dinner invitation with President George W. Bush—who does that? 

Larry Johnson

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    Simply put: Larry Johnson does not know how to behave properly.

    Johnson has had a couple run-ins with the law, run-ins with his head coach—which including publicly bashing his head coach on Twitter—as well as flipping out because he was benched and was unable to break Priest Holmes' team rushing record for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Talk about being self-centered and completely clueless. 

Rex Ryan

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    I honestly believe Rex Ryan is one of the NFL's best head coaches, but he is definitely a jerk—and a borderline moron.

    Ryan has predicted that his New York Jets would win the Super Bowl every single season—but they haven't—and he also loves talking trash and starting crap with other coaches such as Bill Belichick and Norv Turner

Bill Belichick

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    I think that it's safe to agree that the majority hates Bill Belichick because of the whole Spygate scandal—but it doesn't end there.

    During press conferences, when head coaches were supposed to discuss the team's injury report, Belichick would never go into detail—he would either describe the injury as an upper-body injury or a lower-body injury. 

Bill Romanowski

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    Let's be honest: Bill Romanowski has some major anger issues, or at least he did during his time spent in the NFL.

    Romanowski has been known for picking fights, spitting in players' faces as well as being a speculated steroid user—do I really need to go on? 

Michael Vick

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    Why is Michael Vick a jerk? Well, for starters, he killed dogs—how sick is that? How can someone actually enjoy watching dogs fight? I personally believe that is sick and twisted. 

    With Vick being sentenced to jail due to illegal dog fighting, he practically left the Atlanta Falcons franchise in ruins. 

Warren Sapp

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    I am actually a huge fan of Warren Sapp. I loved him on the field and I love him now on NFL Network—the guy is simply entertaining. 

    With that being said, many still find Sapp to be a jerk. Whether he would taunt opposing teams, get into heated arguments with coaches or hit defenseless players, many believe that Sapp is just an all-around jerk. 

Shawn Merriman

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    Why is Shawn Merriman a jerk? Well first off, he's a cheater and a proven steroid-user

    Other than that, Merriman comes across as a very cocky guy with his over-the-top "lights-out" sack-celebration dance. 

    What do you think? Is Shawn Merriman a jerk? I think so. 

Colin Cowherd

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    Colin Cowherd isn't necessarily an NFL analyst, but he has his own radio show on ESPN and comes across as a jerk and a senseless moron—just my opinion.

    Listen for yourself when he actually tells a caller to shoot himself and then goes into further detail about it (watch the video poster).

    How does he still have a job? 

Jack Tatum

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    This is one of the most heated on-going debates in the NFL: Was Jack Tatum's hit on Darryl Stingley a dirty hit? 

    Dirty or not, Tatum never apologized for paralyzing Stingley. 

    A lot of people out there firmly believe that Tatum is a jerk—I happen to be one of those people. 

Brett Favre

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    Brett Favre is not only a jerk for retiring and unretiring a trillion times—I know, that's an exaggeration—but for his behavior post-Green Bay Packers.

    All the way from his reported sexting, not being a team player and essentially being an egocentric meathead—a lot of people believe that he's a jerk.

Mike Ditka

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    Mike Ditka may have been a successful head coach with the Chicago Bears, but he was still a jerk.

    Many believe that Ditka treated his players like crap and simply did not care about them and only cared about winning. Just ask Jim Harbaugh how badly he treated him. 

Braylon Edwards

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    Why is Braylon Edwards a jerk? Well first off, put his DUI with the New York Jets aside and let's take a journey back to his time with the Cleveland Browns.

    How could we define Edwards' time in Cleveland? He never wanted to be there.

    Don't believe me? Then read this

Bobby Petrino

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    Bobby Petrino came to Atlanta thinking that he'd be coaching Michael Vick, the most elusive quarterback in the NFL, but that obviously did not happen considering Vick was sentenced to jail.

    Petrino lasted only 13 games in Atlanta, as he resigned with just three games left after a dreadful 3-10 record. 

Keyshawn Johnson

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    Whenever your name goes from Keyshawn to Me-Shawn, you're practically labeled an egocentric jerk. 

    Keyshawn Johnson is just another stereotypical prima donna wide receiver who only cares about himself. I mean, he did write his own book, "Just Give Me the Damn Ball." 

Jerramy Stevens

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    Jerramy Stevens had the potential to be one of the NFL's top tight ends, but he simply never got it—he literally had no common sense.

    Stevens had several, and I mean several, run-ins with the law such as reckless driving, smoking pot and several assault charges, including a fight with a waitress. 

Mike Singletary

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    Mike Singletary is one hell of a football coach, but is better off as a coordinator or an assistant coach.

    Why's that? Take a look at the video posted—he cannot handle the pressure of being a head coach and he's a jerk for singling out a player in a press conference. 

    Oh, and during his play years with the Chicago Bears, he was one mean linebacker—which could also lead to people calling him a jerk. 

Dunta Robinson

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    Dunta Robinson may be a nice guy and all, but I don't know—I do know that he is clueless and does not understand the new rules laid down by Roger Goodell.

    Robinson has been fined two times in the last two seasons as he's been involved in two clear helmet-to-helmet hits. 

Eugene Robinson

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    Why is Eugene Robinson a jerk? He was awarded the Bart Starr Award for being a high moral character, but then the night before Super Bowl XXXIII, Robinson was arrested by an uncover cop for offering her $40 for sex—really? 

    How pathetic is that? 

Buddy Ryan

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    Buddy Ryan is a defensive mastermind, but he did have an anger problem.

    Back in 1993, as he was the defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers, Ryan got into a sideline confrontation with the team's offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, as Ryan punched him right in the jaw.

    That's definitely a jerk move, but if the offense isn't producing then I guess I'd be very mad if I was the defensive coordinator. 

Rae Carruth

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    Rae Carruth was well on track to being one of the better wide receivers in the NFL until he ran into the law in 1999. 

    Carruth was sentenced to 18-to-24 years in prison after he was involved in a shooting that resulted in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams—thankfully doctors were able to save the unborn child. 

    Rae Carruth is arguably the biggest scumbag in NFL history. 

Antonio Cromartie

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    Antonio Cromartie may talk like he's the best cornerback in the league, but he's just around average.

    Cromartie is known for his big mouth as well as having nine children and can barely remember all of their names. 

    I say that he's a real good candidate for father of the year. 

Terrell Owens

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    Terrell Owens is just another stereotypical, trash-talking, big-mouthed egocentric wide receiver.

    T.O. may go down as one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game, but he's had several conflicts with head coaches and quarterbacks, most notably Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb

    All in all, Owens is just a jerk—a self-centered one. 

Mark Chumra

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    Many of you probably have no idea who Mark Chumra is, so let me tell you. 

    Chumra was a decent tight end for the Green Bay Packers during the early 1990s who was accused of hooking up with a 17-year-old who happened to be babysitting his children—how sick and disgusting is that? 

Lawrence Taylor

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    Just forget Lawrence Taylor's behavior recently and let's just focus in on his time with the New York Giants. 

    I will admit that L.T. is one of the greatest defensive players of all time and is the greatest pass-rusher of all time, but he was one hell of a dirty player. 

    If you don't believe me, just watch some clips of Taylor playing—he literally wanted to kill the opposing quarterback. 

Joe Namath

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    How is Joe Namath a jerk? Well first of all, he's an alcoholic and wanted to kiss Suzy Kolber—he could have done much better. Second of all, during his time playing for the New York Jets he seemed to be more interested in partying, as he was dubbed the nickname "Broadway Joe."

    Don't forget that Namath wasn't even a great quarterback—he was decent, as he retired with 173 touchdowns and 220 interceptions. 

Randy Moss

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    Randy Moss is just another self-centered, selfish and immature wide receiver—all Randy cares about is Randy. 

    Moss will go down as arguably the best wide receiver to ever play the game, right up there with Jerry Rice, but at times he was simply classless—whether it was "mooning" Lambeau Field, hitting a traffic cop with his car or simply being disruptive, he's just a jerk. 

Adam "Pacman" Jones

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    I honestly don't think that Adam "Pacman" Jones gets it—he has no idea how to behave as a professional athlete, he's practically a child.

    Pacman has had his run-ins with the law, which resulted in a full-year suspension. He also tried to start a music career as a rapper. 

    Does Pacman even care about football? 

Rodney Harrison

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    Rodney Harrison is a hero in the eyes of all New England Patriots fans, but they all tend to forget that he was a dirty player as well as a proven HGH user. 

    Tons of people across the world of football will easily agree that Harrison was the cheapest and dirtiest player during the 2000s. 

Ndamukong Suh

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    Say what you want about Ndamukong Suh, but he's one of the NFL's rising stars and is already a dominant force for the Detroit Lions.

    Suh has been called a dirty player, as he plays to actually hurt the opposing quarterback—just watch the video posted. 

Tom Cable

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    How much of a jerk is Tom Cable? Well, I don't know him personally, but I do know that he physically abused one of his assistant coaches.

    According to thousands of sources, Cable reportedly punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson after an altercation.

    Would you want to be working for that jerk? Hell no. 

Conrad Dobler

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    You're definitely a jerk when you make the cover of Sports Illustrated being labeled as "Pro Football's Dirtiest Player." 

    Conrad Dobler was simply a jerk, as many feel that he played the game to actually hurt everyone else on the opposing team. 

Michael Irvin

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    Michael Irvin may be one of the all-time great wide receivers, but he was a big-time jerk.

    First of all, Irvin was an egocentric wide receiver who simply always wanted the ball in his hands, no matter what. Second of all, Irvin was frequently in trouble with the law. Irvin has been arrested for cocaine possession as well as other drug charges following his retirement and has been accused of sexual assault multiple times.

    It's pretty safe to say that Irvin should be labeled a jerk. 

Ben Roethlisberger

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    Say what you want about Ben Roethlisberger, he's one hell of a quarterback and he's a winner—but he still carries a lot of baggage. 

    Big Ben has been accused of sexual assault two times as well as being involved in a motorcycle accident which resulted in broken jaw, broken nose, loss of teeth as well a huge cut on the back of his head, as he was not wearing a helmet.

    Don't you think he's a narcissistic jerk? I do. 

Albert Haynesworth

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    Albert Haynesworth may be fat and out of shape and doesn't necessarily get along with head coaches, but he's most notoriously known for stomping on Andre Gurode's head. 

    Gurode had fallen to the ground with his helmet off, and Haynesworth felt the need to stomp on his face—Gurode severely cut his forehead and required 30 stitches.

    On top of that, Haynesworth has had a few minor run-ins with the law. 

James Harrison

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    James Harrison is definitely one of the biggest jerks in NFL history. For starters, we cannot forget his idiotic comments that he made in a Men's Journal interview earlier this year. Harrison threw his quarterback under the bus while saying that he wouldn't help the NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell if he was on fire.

    On top of that, Harrison is just an all-around dirty player who has been fined several times for helmet-to-helmet hits.

    He simply just does not get it. 

Roger Goodell

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    I'm not sure if I even want to go into detail on this one, but it's quite simple actually: Roger Goodell is a jerk.

    Goodell is arguably the worst thing that has happened to the NFL, whether it's the NFL lockout, the helmet-to-helmet hits or trying to expand the NFL to Europe—fans and players really aren't big supporters of commissioner Goodell. 

    What do you think? 

Tiki Barber

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    Tiki Barber is just a big-mouth who does not know when to shut up. 

    Barber has criticized quarterback Eli Manning while also discussing his lack of desire to play the game towards the end of his career. 

    And we can't forget how Barber has compared himself to Anne Frank—really? I'm not even going to discuss that, just read this great article done by Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post. 

Vince Young

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    All I have to do is bring up the whole "Dream Team" comment and I could rest my case with Vince Young—he's not only a jerk but he's a big-time idiot. 

    Young is just an immature person who has never grown up and is arguably a complete waste of talent. 

Rush Limbaugh

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    Rush Limbaugh isn't just a jerk, but he's a complete moron. 

    Remember Limbaugh's comments on Donovan McNabb discussing how he was a black quarterback? Yeah, he's a jerk. 

    Here's the video

Bill Parcells

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    I am a huge fan of what Bill Parcells has done as a coach, but I will admit that he's the Brett Favre of head coaches—he's gone from team to team as he's retired and unretired over and over again just to leave town when things start to go downhill. 

    Parcells is definitely a jerk, but he is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. 

Steve Smith

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    Steve Smith isn't just another egocentric wide receiver, he's actually a gamer and a big-time competitor—and sometimes he's a little too competitive. 

    Smith actually punched one of own teammates in the face—I wouldn't want to be his teammate.

Art Modell

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    Why is Art Modell so hated? 

    Well, wouldn't you hate the owner of your favorite franchise if he literally packed up the team and moved them overnight to a whole new city? I'd be very upset. 

    Modell is responsible for moving the original Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, as they then became the Ravens. 

Jim Harbaugh

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    Jim Harbaugh most recently came across as a jerk with his over-the-top handshake with Jim Schwartz a couple of a weeks ago, but during his playing career he was just as much as a jerk.

    Harbaugh always walked around with a chip on his shoulder and actually punched former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. 

Al Davis

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    The NFL would not be the game today if it weren't for Al Davis—but he is certainly an all-time jerk.

    Davis always had something to say and he was not happy if his Oakland Raiders were not winning. Hence Davis' signature phrase: "Just win, baby." 

Plaxico Burress

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    You're not only a jerk, but a complete idiot if you carry a loaded gun in public, tucked in your sweatpants, and then have it fired right into your foot. 

    We all know who I'm talking about and it's Plaxico Burress

Philip Rivers

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    You have to be some sort of jerk if you actually have the nerve to yell at your own fans.

    Philip Rivers has not only yelled at his own fans, but he also comes across as a "whiny baby" who is never happy. Let's not forget that Rivers has posted superb stats of his career but has yet to win anything. 

Richard Seymour

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    Richard Seymour a jerk? You bet.

    Seymour seemed to be a hard-working defensive lineman for the New England Patriots, but once he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, he ultimately went to the "Dark Side"—he showed his true Raiders colors and started playing like a jerk.

    Seymour has punched Ben Roethlisberger in the face, which he probably deserved, and most recently threw Tom Brady to the ground in his first game played against New England since the trade. 

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