Tom Brady is having a great year. His 2014 NFL season ended with a first round bye, Super Bowl title, and Super Bowl MVP trophy. He also won a car, but decided he didn't need it and gave it to a rookie teammate. You know your life is going pretty great when you can just give a free car to a random coworker. He didn't stop there, however. He just posted a video showing himself jumping off tropical cliffs into a waterfall. It scared all the Patriots fans to death, but he was clearly having a blast. Weeks later, he made an April Fool's Day post of him in a body cast. It's good to be the NFL's golden boy, right?
Well, heavy is the head that wears the crown. Being on top means that haters are always going to take their shots at you. It's not just this year, either. Tom Brady has been leading a Super Bowl quality team at quarterback for 15 years. That's plenty of time to fill out a great roster of Brady-haters. It also helps that Brady has found himself at the center of so many controversies over the years: Tuck Rule, Spygate, and its absurd cousin Deflategate. Does everyone love to hate Brady because of these? Or are these why everyone loves to hate him?
When you're the best, though, you attract the best of haters. It's not only former opponents in the NFL or even coaches that lost to him. There are Hall of Fame players, celebs, and civilians not even in the football business that have slammed Tom and his hair over the years. Don't feel bad for Mr. Brady, though. He can console himself with his model wife, Super Bowl trophies, MVP trophies, and most of all - the $10 million he's been getting yearly just from football. Here are the best disses and dissers.
15 Ray Lewis
14 Terrell Suggs
13 Justin Bieber
12 Daniel Tosh
11 Plaxico Burress
Plaxico has been a mess since his Super Bowl win following the 2007 season. The WR was run out of the NFL after a handgun and accidental shooting arrest, and only made 48 receptions after his arrest. But those troubles haven't stopped him from firing shots! On Twitter, while discussing hockey (don't ask), he dropped this quote:
Go PENS! I make guarantees. Been there done that. And I WIN! Ask Tom Brady
— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) May 8, 2014
We love this because it's based in fact. Plax caught the game-winning touchdown to give Brady his first Super Bowl loss.
10 Denver Bar Owner Sean Workman
This one comes from a private citizen, but it qualifies based on how very public and brazen it is. Prior to a 2014 playoff game between the Denver Broncos and Brady's Patriots, Workman updated his Denver bar's outside marquee to read: "Brady Wears Women's Underwear." Making it even richer, Workman is actually a Boston native. You have to respect that dedication to capitalism - insulting his hometown hero just to make a few bucks off of the mental image of Brady wearing his wife Gisele's Victoria's Secret best. Four days after the sign went up, the Broncos beat the Patriots for the first time since 2009.
9 Antonio Cromartie
No one likes to lose to a division rival. Especially when it's 45-3. Jets CB Antonio Cromartie went R-Rated to describe his feelings for Tom Brady after such a loss in 2010. When asked what he thought of Brady- "An (expletive). (expletive) him." It's pretty easy to fill in those blanks. Fiery Jets coach Rex Ryan (more on him later) would refuse to discipline one of his star defenders. Brady simply replied later to a reporter that "I've been called worse." Cromartie would go on to have a quiet game, but his Jets did beat Brady's Patriots that year to avenge their huge loss.
8 Donovan McNabb
Even the best former players can turn into blithering idiots when they become talking heads for sports television. Donovan McNabb was no exception after he left being a backup QB to join Fox Sports. After a bad Brady performance just this season, McNabb said if it didn't turn around, "rumblings will start that this could be Tom Brady’s last year in New England.” It's easy to look back and laugh at this when Brady went on to the #1 seed and Super Bowl MVP. This gets a little bit further up the list though just from being from a former QB, who have a little more leeway to criticize QB play than the average person. These are the type of overreactions Brady will always face when he has the rare stinker game. You can count on similar ones this year if the Patriots start 2-2 or Brady throws three INTs in a game in September.
7 Julian Edelman & Other Pats Teammates
The players that Brady leads and inspires to greatness probably know him best. Which is why it must have been doubly as insulting when the meme started up surrounding Pats players refusing to give Brady high fives on the sideline. It started just as a pure joke / viral picture or two, but did eventually go on long enough to become a real thing. WR Julian Edelman, one of the first players caught leaving Brady hanging, told him "I'm gonna find you next time" when asked about it. Some of the other disses have more cutting words, but a high-five left hanging in the air can be more vicious than a thousand words
6 The City of Buffalo
5 Eli Manning
4 Joe Montana
3 Rex Ryan
2 Randy Moss
1 Richard Sherman
Lots of people are good at football and lots of people are good at trash talk, but few are good at both. Richard Sherman is one of the BEST at both. He got a close-up look at Tom Brady in 2012 as a cornerback and wasn't impressed then: "I kept saying I'm going to get that next time, Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to (Brady): 'Please keep trying me. I'm going to take it from you.' That was when they were winning. He just gave me that look and said, 'Oh, I'll see you after game.' Well, I made sure I saw him after the game." A tweet like Sherman's with the "u mad bro?" meme is masterful work. The perfect capper to the story? Sherman and Brady shaking hands in an iconic photo after the Patriots defeated the Seahawks in the Super Bowl just two seasons later. Sherman is one of the best showman of the NFL, showing swagger in his victories as well as graciousness in his (rare) defeats.
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