NFL training camps are now in full-swing and there’s been no shortage of testy competition between overgrown, scary big dudes exacerbated by the threat of being replaced under scorching summer temperatures. This is when players are at their worst and training camp has just started. Battles will happen throughout August that can and will determine the fate of many NFL players.
Just this past weekend, All-Everything Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had enough of going up against cornerback Tyler Patmon and proceeded to push him then exchanged swings with the young DB after one particular play in camp. The Cowboys weren’t the only ones as their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants, also experienced a fight on August 3rd.
Fights during training camp are one thing but then there are some players that take things way too far during the season as well. Each year, the NFL puts out its annual list of the league’s dirtiest players as voted by the players themselves. We’ve added a few names to this list to go along with the usual suspects. Some of these names are on here for circumstances that could be considered overblown (too many Unsportsman-like Conduct penalties, for instance) and some of these guys are mean, nasty dudes that don’t give a damn.
Here are 15 players we in no way would want to get into it with if we were walking down a dark alley, at a children’s party, at a funeral or just about anywhere, really. These are some messed up dudes that have no regard for human life when they’re on the field every Sunday and they show it in the deranged, menacing way they play the game even until after the whistle is blown.
15 Richard Sherman
A world-class trash talker, we’re starting off this list with Sherman mostly because of his giant mouth. While being the league’s pre-eminent shutdown corner for the side of the field he covers, he’s also been known to deliver a cheap shot or two in addition to his verbal assaults.
14 Richie Incognito, OG, Bills
13 Brandon Meriweather, S, Free Agent
12 Steve Smith Sr., WR, Ravens
11 D.J. Swearinger, S, Buccaneers
10 James Harrison, LB, Steelers
9 Bernard Pollard, S, Free Agent
8 Dashon Goldson, S, Redskins
Washington has had a history of acquiring some heavy hitting safeties in the last few years as Sean Taylor, LaRon Landry, Brandon Merriwether and, now, Dashon Goldson have all lined up for the team.
7 Terrell Suggs, LB, Ravens
6 Michael Griffin, S, Titans
5 Vontaze Burfict, LB, Bengals
4 David Stewart, OL, Free Agent
3 Brandon Browner, DB, Saints
2 Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Vikings
1 Ndamokung Suh, DT, Dolphins
No list of this sort is complete without Suh. Since he entered the league, Suh has been time and again voted the no.1 dirtiest player in the league. He’s been fined eight times, he’s viewed unfavorably among fans and players alike and received 32 of the votes (out of 103) for dirtiest player in last year’s NFL poll. There’s no doubt this perspective will continue until Suh displays a demonstrable change in the way he plays the game. He'll now be taking his dirty tactics to South Beach.
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