Football is often called the ultimate team game. This is proven on every single play of the game. For example, in order for a quarterback to complete a pass everyone on the field has to do their job. If just one person fails, the play will fail. You need good teammates to be successful.
Good teammates work together, work hard and get along for the good of the common goal. You know their names: Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Brees…these are men who sacrifice for the good of the team.
This list is not those guys. These are men who you’d hate to have your locker next to. These are men who no one wants to practice with, or even be around. For this list we aren’t even touching off the field legal issues, just on the field and in the locker-room jerks.
37. Andre Rison
NFL wide receivers have a (well deserved) reputation for being arrogant, self centered, and egotistical. Several members of the NFL community believe that Andre Rison was arguably the NFL’s first prima donna wide receiver.
During his twelve seasons in the NFL, Rison was the kind of guy that only cared about himself and his stats. Like most high maintenance receivers, he always wanted the ball and always put himself ahead of his team.
Regardless of his talent — which led to four straight Pro Bowl selections in the early 90s — Rison was notorious for wearing out his welcome. It’s no wonder he played for seven different teams throughout his career.
36. Josh Norman
Josh Norman’s rise from 5th round pick out of Coastal Carolina in 2012, to becoming one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks just a few years later, was one of the best NFL story lines in the mid 2010s. After the 2015 season in which he was named First-team All-Pro and was ranked 11th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins.
Unfortunately, Norman never lived up to the hype during his time in D.C. and was often criticized for being more concerned with fame than football.
In a 2018 interview, former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall weighed in on Norman’s mindset; “Josh is, I think, in love with being a celebrity right now and not necessarily being a football player,” Hall said.
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