It might seem like it’s easy to these athletes, but there is nothing easy about making it into the NFL. These players have been playing football their entire lives, and have sacrificed countless aspects in their lives in order to help make their dream come true. They have also been told their entire lives that they are outstanding at football, so why wouldn’t it increase your confidence? There are some players that have been doubted their entire lives, and use that as motivation such as Russell Wilson. But for every Wilson in the league, there’s an arrogant counterpart to his demeanour.
It’s a game that you need to be passionate about to excel, so it may not be shocking that some players passions get translated into arrogance.
You don’t have to be humble to be in the NFL, you just need to make sure that you are good at what you do. Unfortunately for some of these players, it’s their undeniable talent that helps lead to ego’s that often go unchecked. How do you tell the star of the team that he is acting like a whiny little kid, without being afraid that it will strain the locker room?
You need to hope that if you are excelling in the NFL, that you are aware that what you are doing is an incredible opportunity. That should keep you humble and help you really use that platform that the NFL gives you, to the fullest.
It can be awful when players you idolize, clearly don’t give a crap about the fans and instead care more about promoting their own sense of self.
Talented or otherwise, these are the 20 least humble players in the history of the NFL.
20 20. Odell Beckham Jr.
19 19. Sammy Watkins
18 18. Doug Baldwin
17 17. DeAngelo Hall
DeAngelo Hall used to be a pretty good cornerback in the NFL. Unfortunately a few injuries have robbed him of some of his skill, and he’s hardly one of the top tier guys anymore. Yet when he was at the very least, a better player, he dropped the gem:
“I always feel like I'm the best guy out there," said Hall. "When a guy catches a pass, it almost seems like luck to me. If a guy makes another catch, I'm like, 'Two? How did that happen?'"
16 16. Adam Jones
15 15. Johnny Manziel
14 14. Chad Ochocinco
13 13. LeSean McCoy
12 12. Titus Young
11 11. Steve Smith
One of the most entertaining personalities to ever be in the NFL is Steve Smith. A long time Carolina Panther, Smith allowed the edge that he kept on his shoulder to greatly impact his game. Clearly realizing that trash talking is part of the equation, Smith made sure to state “I ran around those boys like they was school yard kids” after his new team (The Ravens) dismantled his former team (The Panthers). There’s no doubting the talent of the future Hall of Famer, he just made sure the world knew that he was good too.
10 10. Bart Scott
There is no doubting that Bart Scott was not a fired up player. Scott played for several teams, but his most prominent moment came as a member of the New York Jets. After beating the Patriots in the playoffs, he loudly yelled “TO ALL THE NON-BELIEVERS, ESPECIALLY YOU TOM JACKSON, ANYONE CAN BE BEAT..POETIC JUSTICE, WE WERE PISSED OFF…” before yelling that he CAN’T WAIT to go and play Pittsburgh. On top of that fun moment, Scott made headlines for his loud trash talking of Wes Welker.
9 9. Terrell Suggs
8 8. Michael Crabtree
7 7. DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson is no rumor to off the field issues, and arrogant moments on the field. Have you watched him play? It seems that almost after every single catch, Jackson finds it within himself to celebrate or taunt the opponent. Not to mention the fact that there have been several occasions of his career in which he tries to showboat or make a play, and it costs his team a championship. Jackson called out his own effort in the recent playoff game against the Packers, in which he thought he had a TD but instead had stepped out before crossing the plane.
6 6. Justin Gilbert
It takes a special talent to be drafted in the first round, and already have your career be flamed out by the time your rookie contract is over. Gilbert was a horrendous pick by the Cleveland Browns, and as if his on field performance wasn’t dismal enough, his attitude is even worse. Gilbert has been called out by his teammates for his lack of effort and dedication that it takes to be successful at a high level. It takes a special type of arrogance to not try, fail, and continue not trying.
The team failed to meet with Gilbert before drafting him, which is ridiculous in it’s own right.
5 5. Cam Newton
4 4. Michael Vick
3 3. Deion Sanders
Deion Lewis is arguably the most athletically gifted athlete to belong on this list. Sanders not only excelled as an NFL cornerback, earning a spot in the Hall of Fame, but he also had some successful seasons in the MLB. Sanders played in an era of football where taunting, celebrations, and trash talking were all just par for the course. Whether it was making highlight reel plays, talking some trash, or doing a dance, it was clear to everyone that Sanders loved the spotlight. What else would you expect from a player that was nicknamed Prime Time?
Perhaps his funniest quote comes when he was asked about his first contract with the Falcons
"It's gonna be a lot of zeroes in that contract. You gonna think it's alphabet soup or something, all those zeroes in there."
2 2. Tom Brady
1 1. Richard Sherman
Sometimes the athletes who are the least humble, have every reason to be. When Richard Sherman deflected a pass away in the NFCCG, sending the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, he loudly proclaimed how he was the best cornerback in the game. In the process, he made sure to let the world know that he thought Michael Crabtree was a mediocre receiver. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you go on television after the biggest game of your life (thus far) and proclaim how awesome you are and how awful the opponent is, you’re going to land on the top spot on the list.
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