Through the history of the NFL, there have been players that got on everyone's nerves. They are either cocky, money-hungry, annoying, loud or all of the above.
Football, in general, is comprised of many young men who have waited their whole life for their big payday after dedicating their life to football. Sometimes that brings an attitude, but then there are some that are humble and grateful for the opportunity to play in the NFL. But there are more of those people who give off bad vibes, who provoke complaints from their teammates and fans alike. Sure these players can be, at times, the best on the team or very skillful, but their attitudes are not respected, and some of them embrace that.
This list contains some players that fans still, to this day, resent to such a high magnitude. The following are 20 NFL players who fans still cannot stand today.
20 Lawrence Taylor
The original "LT" before Tomlinson was disliked by many in the NFL. It is undeniable that Taylor may be the best defensive player to have ever played. What is also undisputed is how he acted on the field, and how fans reacted to him. He was very cocky, and he once said something that didn't sound quite professional:
I'm a cocky son of a b****, that's what makes me such a good player.
19 Jim McMahon
The Chicago Bears player was so careless. He didn't care what anyone thought about him, on or off the field. Jim McMahon would be under the influence of alcohol, and actually drink beers after the games in public. When Pete Rozelle banned headbands in the NFL, Jim defied this by wearing his own.
18 Ricky Williams
He was constantly questioned for his character, and whether he even cared to play professional football. Though his teams loved him, fans of other cities were annoyed by his lackadaisical attitude. He failed three drug tests, and actually got suspended in 2004.
17 Keyshawn Johnson
Keyshawn was a stereotypical cocky wide receiver. In every football movie, the guy who is the meanest and arrogant is usually the wide receiver. Keyshawn was just like this, rude on and off the field throughout his career. I mean, he has a book called Just Give Me the Damn Ball.
16 Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson or "Ochocinco" was always causing a ruckus in the NFL. Whether it was calling out his teammates in post-game interviews or yelling at his coaches from the sidelines, Chad was always intentionally making efforts to call out others and elevate himself.
15 Marshawn Lynch
Lynch hated the media and he hated people bashing him. He failed drug tests constantly and was known to be a difficult teammate. He sometimes gets an unfairly bad rep, but fans regardless, found him arrogant and cocky and just annoying.
14 Lyle Alzado
Alzado was one of the most intense and intimidating players in history. He admitted to using anabolic steroids in 1969 and afterward. He had an awful temper and would haze the hell out of younger athletes. Alzado, unfortunately, died in 1992 but many rivaled fans have remained hateful.
13 Bryan Cox
The Miami Dolphins linebacker would be brutal to fans. On many occasions, he spat in crowds, and into the faces of away fans. He played 12 seasons in the league. Cox was known for his raunchy behavior on and off the field. Another crazy thing he would do is just flip off people for no reason. He was a hothead, always angry at anything.
12 Jack Tatum
The Oakland Raiders safety was dirty on the field. Tatum, known for being on the wrong side of the "immaculate reception," tore up offenses. Tatum played 10 seasons in Oakland, and his nickname "The Assassin" was well deserved. He was a fearless competitor and violent when tackling people.
11 Randy Moss
You hated Randy Moss. Admit it. Though it was spectacular if you had him on your fantasy team, if you didn't, you would be pissed one way or another. Moss annoyed the hell out of teams and fans that he played. He would make stupendous efforts to get in the defenders' heads every game and probably did so each time. He spat on fans, mooned fans, and cursed opposing coaches.
10 Bill Romanowski
Bill was mean to people on the field. I mean, it's football, so you're not going to be bringing flowers to your opponents or anything, but still, you should not trash talk too much. He would also beat up teammates, and in one instance, threw a football at one of his buddies. He spat in teammates' faces, talked back to his coaches, and wasn't friendly with his fans.
9 Conrad Dobler
Conrad Dobler would intentionally hurt people on the football field. He would illegally do certain things, which developed into a habit. He never cared, nor did he say sorry for his intentional actions ever in his career. Dobler made three Pro Bowls, but along the way, he made many enemies. His own teammates weren't too fond of him, knowing not to push his buttons too much. If they did, he would get violent with them.
8 Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin is obviously one of the greatest wide receivers who ever played. Cowboys fans praised him, but ask fans of other teams what they think about him and you will get an inverse answer. He was cocky and not pleasant at all, even to his own teammates. He wanted the ball nearly every play, yelling at his QBs to get him the rock. He got arrested in 1996 for drug charges, which didn't help his image. Eagles fans hated this guy with their lives.
7 Ray Lewis
Many non-Ravens fans did not like Big Ray Lewis. I didn't like Ray Lewis until he retired. I still don't love him because he has a really shady past. As we know, he was charged with murder in 2000. Like Kobe Bryant's case, people believe he got away with the charges because he is famous. It is quite possible, as wealth often times helps in the courtroom (Can anyone say, O.J. Simpson?).
6 Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy was a very good defender for the Cowboys and the Panthers. However, he got charged with domestic violence and made very inappropriate comments during the Cowboys season in 2015. Hardy thinks he is innocent, for some reason, which is troubling. Today he is a mixed-martial arts fighter.
5 Joe Greene
Joe Greene was a mighty defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969-1981. He is a Steeler legend in many regards. However, ask other fans and you will not get such a lovely response. Greene was a huge threat against offenses and fans would be devastated game after game. He was a monster out there.
4 Kellen Winslow II
In 2014, Winslow was charged with drug-related charges. In 2018, he was held on bond for $50,000 for a burglary in California. He was arrested a week later for kidnapping. He was charged separately for a situation with a 17-year-old girl in 2003. This guy is the worst.
3 Johnny Manziel
Manziel had it all. He was a starting QB for the Browns. Johnny blew everything away with his party. He hung out with Drake and other rappers at clubs before going to practice. Johnny would always be anywhere but with the team, and he eventually got released as a result of his stupidity.
2 Terrell Owens
Owens had a demeanor, similar to Ray Lewis and really to everyone on this list, that said he was the best thing since sliced bread. Owens had a fantastic career, but his snarky comments and rudeness to coaches and fans didn't help his image. Many found him funny, but the majority of people who weren't fans of the Cowboys or Eagles/49ers weren't fans of him.
1 Michael Vick
When Michael Vick was charged with holding dog fights, the whole world hated him. People protested, the NFL was furious, and even Falcons fans couldn't hold back the hate. He missed the 2007 and 2008 NFL seasons and was protested when he came back to the league in 2009.