Few athletes make it in the macho world of the NFL without dishing out a bit of trash talk. Even if they didn’t instigate the exchange, you are considered less of a man if you keep your thoughts to yourself. We don’t know how exactly we got here, just know that we did.
Footballers now have social media at their disposal to trash talk instantly, to any foe they deem worthy, and all for the public to gawk at. Back in the day fans had to wait until players retired and started going on speaking tours or book launches before they heard about the friction in the dressing room and on the field. Now supporters, the press and athletes around the league pretty much have everything and everyone figured out.
Take the Cincinnati Bengals implosion against Pittsburgh in the playoffs as a case in point. They thought late in the 4th quarter they had that game won, only to cough up a costly fumble conceding possession and seeing the Steelers snatch their season away. It was classic defeat from the jaws of victory stuff.
In seasons gone by, people would have speculated about the devastation felt by the Bengals and read a few platitudes in the written media the next day. Instead, we witnessed players going on radio to smear the reputation of a Steelers opponent, go on a huge video blog rant and blame everyone else but themselves.
While the NFL continues to cultivate a “me first” culture that rewards footballers looking after number one, then these self-centered men will look to take their frustration out on someone else. It might be an opponent, a teammate, a member of the media, a social media troll or anyone else who falls in their crosshairs.
Here are the top 15 nastiest trash talkers in the NFL.
15 Odell Beckham Jr.
14 Tom Brady
13 Von Miller
12 Brian Cushing
11 Jay Cutler
10 DeSean Jackson
9 Dez Bryant
8 Ndamukong Suh
7 Richard Sherman
6 Philip Rivers
5 Jared Allen
4 Brandon Marshall
3 Adam Jones
2 Vontaze Burfict
1 Steve Smith
This guy talks so much trash Fox Sports gave him his own Top 10 list! The veteran Ravens wide receiver is in the elite class for hating on the haters, going on public rants on the touchline in cameraman’s faces, taking digs at Twitter trolls, pot shots at the Carolina Panthers after moving to Baltimore, feuding with Aqib Talib when he was a Patriot – all while coining phrases like “Ice up, son!” and “Blood and guts.” In the twilight of his career, Smith’s star is starting to fade a bit but make no mistake, the Ravens number 89 is a trash talking machine.
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