Top 20 Most Hated NFL Players Of All Time

Being hated among your competitors is not necessarily a bad thing, as success is a great contributor to gaining detractors in the NFL. Over the course of history we’ve seen successful players falter during high pressure situations because, after all, they are human too, and we all fail at times. Critics of successful athletes will single out these shortcomings and magnify them in order to create a story or to give someone a “choke artist” tag hoping it sticks.

If you were to ask any teammate of Peyton Manning’s, they will highlight his understanding for the game, his work ethic, his cerebral approach, and his desire to win at all costs. Despite these positive attributes, legions of fans hate him because of how many times he’s defeated their teams, or knocked them out of the playoffs. For all of his success, Peyton’s historic struggles during the postseason are echoed every year by his critics.

Success isn’t the only factor that breeds a gaggle of haters. Sometimes it’s as simple as a particular athlete just being an overall jerk or exhibiting chronic displays of boneheaded decisions. One look at all the violations and legal issues Adam “Pacman” Jones has on his resume and it’s hard to believe he’s liked by anyone besides his own mother.

The following is a collection of the most hated NFL players currently in the league, with exception to a few polarizing figures hated by so many, they just couldn’t be excluded.

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17 19. Tim Tebow

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16 18. Tony Romo

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15 17. Johnny Manziel

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Manziel’s story is similar to Tebow’s, as they were such beloved collegiate players with tremendous success, in addition to winning the Heisman Trophy. Manziel, also known as “Johnny Football”, has a large fan base due to his college years at Texas A&M, and an equally large critic base for his overall cockiness. Former NFL coach Barry Switzer said of Manziel “I don’t like his antics. I think he’s an arrogant little prick.”


14 15. Adam “Pacman” Jones

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It’s impossible to have a list like this without mentioning Pacman. This guy has so many past issues and violations, you would assume it were for an entire NFL team. When he was drafted 6th overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, he was already on probation for a fight he was involved with in West Virginia. A year later a vehicle with his “Pacman” nickname embroidered on the headrests was seized in relation to a cocaine drug bust.

13 14. Michael Vick

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12 12. Jay Cutler

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11 11. Chad Ochocinco


10 10. Ben Roethlisberger

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9 9. Peyton Manning

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8 8. JaMarcus Russell


7 7. Randy Moss


6 6. Adrian Peterson

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5 5. Tom Brady

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4 4. Ray Rice

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3 3. Terrell Owens

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2 2. Ndamukong Suh

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1 1. O.J. Simpson


One would assume a player who has won the Heisman Trophy, made six Prow Bowl appearances, was NFL's leading rusher four times throughout his career, and has starred in several major motion pictures would be a much more beloved figure.  Not in O.J.'s case.  Despite the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman occurring 20 years ago, no athlete scandal has ever come close to the controversy and shock as the O.J. murder trial.  Unbelievably, O.J. got away with murder despite mounds of evidence supporting the prosecution.  What really rubbed people the wrong way was that O.J. was in the works of publishing a book "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened".  If that wasn't enough for you, he recently was involved in an armed robbery incident, as well as kidnapping, and is currently serving his sentence, with an eligibility of parole coming in 2017.

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