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Top 20 Worst Players in NFL History

The greatest players to ever grace the National Football League are names that are known in North America and also among sports fans located overseas. Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Tom Brady, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre are just some of examples of pro football legends who will live on in the memories of football fans thanks to NFL Films, the NFL Network, television specials produced by ESPN and other media creations. Football stars of the now and the future of the NFL – J.J. Watt, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers and others – are featured in advertising campaigns and even international television commercials.

The men perceived to be among the worst players in NFL history are also remembered by fans and analysts, but for different reasons. It should be pointed out that a lack of talent alone does not make one a terrible NFL player. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor and current World Wrestling Entertainment performer Brock Lesnar could not get past the practice squad of the Minnesota Vikings, but that does not make him one of the worst players in NFL history because nobody should have had any expectations that the amateur and pro wrestler would have been able to make the transition to pro football at the drop of a hat.

The biggest factor for a player to make the list of the worst players in NFL history is that individual being a disappointment for the team that acquired him. Quarterback is the most important position in the game, and thus it should not be a shock that the position is found at the top of this list. Included in those subjects is a man who clearly was not psychologically or emotionally prepared to play in a league followed by millions of fans. The list also includes a man who apparently liked buffet lines more than he enjoyed leading NFL offenses on Sundays. They are two reasons why rookies no longer get blank checks upon entering the NFL.

20 John McKay Jr.

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19 Shante Carver

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18 Babe Laufenberg

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17 Larry Stegent

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16 Mike Junkin

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15 Bernard Williams

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14 Kim McQuilken

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13 Lawrence Phillips

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12 Kevin Allen

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11 Jim Druckenmiller

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10 Bob Timberlake

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9 Justin Blackmon

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8 Rusty Lisch

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7 Charles Rogers

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6 Cade McNown

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5 Ted Gregory

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4 Art Schlichter

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3 Akili Smith

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2 Ryan Leaf

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1 JaMarcus Russell

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A young quarterback who is carrying some excess weight and who seemingly lacks motivation to be fully dedicated to the cause is compared to JaMarcus Russell. That will forever be the NFL legacy had by Russell. The first overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft held out for more money, he started a single game during his rookie campaign, and he then bulked up in the worst way thanks in part to the millions of dollars he received after he signed his only significant NFL contract. This draft pick set the Oakland Raiders back several years and it is a selection that is often referred to as the worst in the history of the NFL. Russell earned his spot atop this list with his poor play and his lack of work ethic.

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