For a few hours during the NFL season, we get to watch some of the greatest athletes in the world take the field. Make no mistake that most of the people who reach the NFL have worked to get there their whole lives. It’s a path that requires an uncommon level of training, discipline and, work. While it may take up the majority of a NFL player’s life to reach that level, however, you have to remember that actually being in the NFL doesn’t take up all of a player’s free time. They have plenty of time left to pursue other interests and celebrate their accomplishments.
They also have plenty of time to get into trouble and embarrass themselves. In fact, NFL players often have the time and resources needed to get into more trouble than most. The combination of intensity and wealth that drives them can also sometimes lead them to participating in incidents the rest of us would never think to get into. These same incidents also seem to be a far cry from the almost superhuman image these same players convey for a few hours every Sunday. Then again, those are only a few hours. These are the top 15 embarrassing real life stories of NFL players.
15 Onterrio Smith’s "Whizzinator" Ends his Career
You may not remember Onterrio Smith, but there was a time when the young running back was thought to be a potential breakout NFL star. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, which many experts agreed was a great value pick for the team. While Smith wasn’t brilliant during his first two seasons, he still looked like a valuable utility player with upside. Then, the Whizzinator happened. What’s a Whizzinator? It’s a no-so-cleverly named device that allows someone to beat a urine drug test.
14 Dion Lewis Pulls a Fire Alarm to Get Back into His Hotel
Sometimes, NFL players are accused of being big children. People say that their path to fame and fortune never really afforded them the opportunity to mature in ways that many adults their age have to. While that certainly doesn’t apply to all players, the childlike behavior of certain NFL athletes is responsible for some of the most outlandish off-the-field incidents in league history. For instance, there was the time that Dion Lewis and his brother were hanging out at a Hampton Inn when they realized that they were locked out of the building.
13 Chase Blackburn Injures Himself With a Cotton Swab
12 Stephen Hill Decided to Not Wear a Seatbelt and Had a Really Bad Afternoon
11 Eugene Robinson Celebrates the Bart Starr Award With an Undercover Cop Posing as a Prostitute
10 Pretty Much Everything Johnny Manziel Did
9 Daniel Thomas Gets Chewed Out in Front of the World
Everyone gets chewed out at work from time to time. It’s inevitable that you’re going to make a mistake that is going to cause someone a rung or two above you to come down on you. It certainly happens all the time in the NFL. In fact, we’re willing to bet that not a day of practice goes by that doesn’t see an NFL player get chewed out by one player of another. Unfortunately for Daniel Thomas, his chewing out was broadcasted to the world.
8 Kenyatta Jones Shoves a Cop for not Letting him Urinate on a Dance Floor
7 Raheem Brock Doesn’t Want to Pay his $27 Tab
6 Michael Irvin Stabs a Fellow Player Over a Haircut
5 Plaxico Burress Shoots Himself in the Leg
Just like nightclubs, there is a well-documented correlation between stupid NFL player incidents and firearms. While it makes sense that professional athletes might feel the need to protect themselves against dangerous people who are out for their fame, money, or just looking for a fight, them carrying a weapon never seems to really end well. When things go especially bad, someone ends their life. Other times, however, sometimes these incidents just end in the most embarrassing way possible.
4 Shaun Rogers Brings a Gun Onto an Airplane
3 Pacman Jones "Makes it Rain" and Fights With His Own Bodyguard
2 Cedric Cobbs Learns it’s Hard Out There for a Pimp
When NFL players fall from grace, they tend to fall pretty hard. There was a time, for instance, when Cedric Cobbs was just a running back. Not even a particularly great running back, mind you, but rather a pretty decent running back who turned a couple of good college seasons into a brief career as a Denver Bronco. His career wouldn’t last long or be filled with many particularly memorable moments. Still, his playing days were far more glamorous than what would come next.
1 Jason Pierre-Paul and C.J. Wilson Play with Fireworks and Lose Fingers
In terms of simply embarrassing incidents, these two are just so wonderfully absurd and oddly similar that they have to be grouped together. Actually, it seems that fate wanted these two things to be forever grouped together as they even happened on the exact same day. It’s probably not a coincidence that day was July 4, 2015. On that day, New York Giants player Jason Pierre-Paul and Tampa Bay Buccaneer C.J. Wilson were having a little fun with fireworks as many people in America were that day. Unfortunately, both individuals joined the sad list of people who didn’t exercise caution around these explosives and ended up suffering debilitating injuries.
C.J. Wilson lost two fingers due to fireworks exploding in his hands while Jason Pierre-Paul lost one after he kept trying to light a stubborn bottle rocket. You can be sure that both guys are just going to be sticking to sparklers from now on.
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