As National Football League history has shown us, just because guys are teammates doesn't mean they get along. Yes, the NFL is a brotherhood, but anyone with siblings knows, even brothers can get into fights.
Sometimes it comes in the form of the silent treatment, while other times it shows up in an argument, whether it be on the field or during an interview afterward. In some of the more extreme instances, players will actually come to blows, with one situation on this list involving an actual stabbing.
The pressure of being in the NFL and having success can become too big for players to handle, thus these situations can escalate rather quickly. Sometimes all it takes is one tiny thing to totally set two enemies who are on the same team off and pit them against one another. Not only is it bad for the players involved, but it can also have a negative impact on the rest of the team.
Whatever the case may be, beef happens all the time between teammates and in the grand scheme of things, the vast majority of these beefs are based on ridiculous things.
How ridiculous, you ask? How about breaking your teammates' jaw over him not paying you back for a plane ticket? Or stabbing someone on your own team because you wanted to get a haircut before him?
That's just some of the scenarios you can expect to read in this list, so keep scrolling to learn of the 15 cases in which NFL teammates absolutely hated each other.
15 15. Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler
Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler were teammates with the Denver Broncos from 200 to 2008, then with Chicago Bears from 2012 to 2014, but their relationship soured after a strong start together. Marshall enjoyed two stellar seasons his first two years with the Bears, notching 1,508 yards in his first campaign and 1,295 yards in his second. Somewhere along the line things went south and Marshall and Cutler did not like each other at the tail end.
14 14. Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens
Things really went south between Philadelphia Eagles teammates Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb after the controversial wide receiver took a shot at the quarterback during an interview with Michael Irvin on ESPN. Owens claimed that the Eagles would be better off with Brett Favre as the quarterback, as opposed to McNabb himself.
13 13. Percy Harvin and Golden Tate/Doug Baldwin
Former Seattle Seahawks wideout Percy Harvin fought two different teammates during his time with the team. The first happened the night before Super Bowl XLVIII, when Harvin and Golden Tate came to blows at the team’s hotel. Harvin not only body slammed Tate, but he also gave him a black eye during the scuffle.
12 12. Bill Romanowski and Marcus Williams
One block by Marcus Williams on Bill Romanowski proved to be a costly one for the former Oakland Raiders tight end. During a play at practice, Williams released upfield after the ball was snapped and drove Romanowski toward the sideline. Romanowski then grabbed Williams, who grabbed back, and punched the tight end square in his face after his helmet had come off.
11 11. Peyton Manning and Mike Vanderjagt
The best way to get yourself in trouble is to go after your team’s franchise quarterback and the head coach. That’s exactly what kicker Mike Vanderjagt did after a playoff loss that ended Indy’s 2002 season. Vanderjagt said that head coach Tony Dungy was too mellow and also questioned Peyton Manning’s leadership. The then-Colts quarterback didn’t take those comments lightly and fired back that Vanderjagt was an “idiot” who got “liquored up and ran his mouth.”
10 10. Jay Cutler and J’Marcus Webb
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has no shortage of enemies in the NFL, but one of the most visible signs of hatred came from him in 2012. In what was a brutal game for Cutler, the Bears signal-caller yelled at and bumped his offensive lineman, J’Marcus Webb, after getting sacked to end a series. The tirade was visible to everyone watching on television and it was widely criticized by people around the league.
9 9. Geno Smith and IK Enemkpali
Just one month before the 2015 season started, New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith had his jaw broken by linebacker IK Enemkpali in the team’s locker room. The story goes that Enemkpali had purchased a $600 plane ticket for Smith to come to his football camp, but Smith never showed for personal reasons. As a result of his no-show, the former Jets linebacker wanted to be reimbursed for the plane ticket and Smith simply didn’t repay him in time, even though he intended to eventually.
8 8. Riley Cooper and Cary Williams
A racist tirade in 2013 from Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was caught on camera when he attended a concert made the entire world hate his guts, but it was cornerback Cary Williams who really let him have it. In a fight that was caught on video, Williams and Cooper got into it during practice after the cornerback clearly wanted to make a statement that he didn’t appreciate Cooper’s racist comments.
7 7. Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin
It was a story that rocked the football world. Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito was reportedly harassing his teammate and fellow lineman Jonathan Martin, who suffered a mental breakdown and left the team. Incognito, along with Mike Pouncey and John Jerry, called Martin several names on a regular basis, including using gay slurs. From there, Incognito took it to a more personal level and even took shots at Martin’s sister, mostly with sexual references.
6 6. Brian Cushing and Antonio Smith
In what was one of the most bizarre instances of two teammates fighting, linebacker Brian Cushing and defensive end Antonio Smith got into it with each other after what was a positive play for the Houston Texans. After a sack of Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins during a game in 2010, Cushing attempted to break up a scuffle between Smith and Titans offensive lineman Leroy Harris.
5 5. Robert Griffin III and Washington Redskins Players
During his first season with the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III was pegged as the savior of the franchise. He led the Redskins to the playoffs in his rookie campaign and the future looked bright despite his knee issues. Fast forward a few years and it didn’t take long for Griffin III’s teammates to hate his guts.
4 4. Steve Smith and Ken Lucas
Wide receiver-cornerback feuds in the NFL are nothing new, but it isn't often that it happens between two guys on the same team. During the Carolina Panthers’ 2008 training camp, wide receiver Steve Smith blasted cornerback Ken Lucas with a punch to the face, leaving the starting cornerback holding an ice pack on his left eye with a visible mark. Lucas would then be carted to the locker room following the blow.
3 3. Michael Westbrook and Stephen Davis
During practice in 1997, Washington Redskins teammates Michael Westbrook and Stephen Davis got into a brawl that was caught on camera. As the story goes, according to Westbrook himself, the Redskins receiver told teammates Brian Mitchell, Terry Allen and Davis that they were jealous of him for what he had.
2 2. Michael Irvin and Everett McIver
Some guys fight with their fists, but Michael Irvin plays for keeps. That was apparent in 1998 when Irvin stabbed his own teammate with a pair of scissors during training camp before the season. The victim was guard Everett McIver, who got into a spat with Irvin over a haircut. While McIver was already in the chair getting his cut, Irvin expected the younger player to vacate the seat and claimed seniority as his reasoning. After three attempts to get McIver out of the chair, Irvin snapped.
1 1. Steve Young and Joe Montana
Once the San Francisco 49ers made the trade that brought Steve Young in, he and Joe Montana never got along. Montana, who was dealing with elbow problems before his departure, felt he was usurped by Young and that was the biggest factor in him being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 1993 season. After all, it was suspected that Young was brought in to replace Montana in the first place, not to back him up.
Niners president Carmen Policy noted that the situation involving Montana and Young had become so divisive that he had to make the move to trade Montana. Stories suggest that Young and Montana had a strained relationship that grew more and more icy as time went on. The pair of signal-callers barely spoke to each other, and there was never a chance the two would get along from the beginning. While Montana’s ending in San Fran was ugly, he did win four Super Bowls during his time there, with Young winning one of his own. The two will be forever linked as a result of their success and unmitigated hatred for one another.
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