Showboating is a classic spectacle of NFL players. It's a player's unique celebration. Showboating can be funny, cool and laughable, but it can also be cocky, rude or annoying. It's really how you perceive the showboating. For example, DeSean Jackson really annoys people, because he showboats while running for a touchdown, and tries to annoy the defenders. However, some people think he is funny for doing showing off in this way. It's really a subjective thing, some people agree with it as a joke, some people take showboating serious.
This list is highlighting the top 15 showboats in NFL history, the ones that really got under your skin. Players who are the cockiest, but sometimes funniest people to have ever played in the NFL. There is no middle ground on most of these players, it's pretty much one way or another. Some hate these guys, some love them, there's not much in between.
For example, an NFL player who people either like or dislike is Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Some claim he is a showboat quarterback, who does things that aren't necessary for him to do. At one point, people claimed that he was disliked because of his race, but I think that is obviously a stretch, because a huge percent of the NFL is African American. Cam was disliked ever more when he refused to talk after losing the Super Bowl, but was known to dance after victories.
Multiple articles claim that the NFL's classiest and most professional players don't need to advertise their success, or showboat. They make big plays, then continue to play on with the game.
It should be established that showboating usually occurs after a good play, usually a catch or interception/tackle/fumble recovery. Meaning that sometimes showboating can result in a penalty, hurting the team in the process. So what is more important, playing well and demonstrating this to fans and teammates, or playing well and keeping your head down to the grindstone?
There can be no definite answer, but there is a definite list of players who deserve to be on this list, and here they are; the Top 15 NFL Showboaters That Got On Your Nerves:
15 15. Shawne Merriman
14 14. Joe Horn
13 13. Thomas Henderson
12 12. Rob Gronkowski
11 11. Martin Gramatica
10 10. Ray Lewis
9 9. Ickey Woods
8 8. Joe Namath
Who can forget "Broadway Joe"? Namath loved the national attention he received as maybe the best quarterback of his time. He revolutionized football attire, with his white shoes, and bulky fur coats. The showboat even made a prediction before the Super Bowl III, that they would win, and sure enough they did.
7 7. Warren Sapp
6 6. Randy Moss
5 5. Michael Irvin
4 4. Terrell Owens
3 3. Chad Johnson
2 2. Deion Sanders
1 1. DeSean Jackson
I hope it's no shock to anyone that DeSean Jackson is number one on this list. He is the most cocky and the biggest showboat in the NFL, hands down. There are countless occurrences of Jackson showboating to the point of it being a detriment to his team. One of his biggest mistakes was when he threw the ball away after hr caught a touchdown thrown by Donavan McNabb, before actually crossing the goal line. He's good, but no one is good enough to warrant not scoring points.
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