Top 10 NFL Players Who Are Jerks In Real Life And 10 Who Are Sweethearts
Believe it or not, it’s got to be hard to be a professional football player in modern society. Oh sure, there’s the fame, the money, and the admiration, but what nobody tells you about being a professional athlete is that you’re usually one bad day away from being labeled a jerk. Sometimes, all it takes is that one overreaction or bad quote and suddenly you’re the scourge of the nation. That’s unfortunate because there are some football players that are genuinely great people. Not just great people in comparison to other athletes, but great people in comparison to the best among us.
On the other hand, yes there are players that are simply jerks. While it’s impossible to say why every single football player who is a jerk is a jerk for a specific reason, the general thread that binds them is an inability to deal with their fame. They place themselves above the rest. And so, we get the great divide between the sweethearts and the jerks. The problem is that sometimes the two get lumped together. In an effort to set the record straight, here are the top 10 NFL players who are jerks in real life and 10 who are sweethearts.
- JERK – GENO SMITH
Geno Smith, the player, is a conundrum. There are times when Smith exhibits the same big play abilities that allowed him to put up ridiculous stat lines at West Virginia, and there are other times when you wonder just how this guy got drafted in the first place.
Geno Smith, the person, is less of a conundrum. He’s pretty much just a jerk. Reports of Geno Smith’s attitude problems surfaced before he was drafted, but it wasn’t until he got punched by a teammate in the locker room that everyone started to realize the guy might really have issues. Smith’s supposed bad attitude apparently carries over off the field as well. Numerous fans have relayed their negative experiences with the Jets QB, and national audiences have seen him yell and curse at the fans following losses.
- SWEETHEART – JASON WITTEN
In a perfect world, every NFL team’s roster would have at least one Jason Witten on it. When it’s third down and the Cowboys need a few crucial yards, you can bet that it’s going to be Jason Witten that gets the call. That kind of on-field reliability is all the more impressive when you consider that Witten is also apparently just an average guy off the field. Witten has previously received the Walter Payton award for his participation in charity organizations and he’s been the subject of numerous “What a great guy” fan stories. The most impressive part about Jason Witten, however, is how he deals with controversy. You never hear Witten utter a bad word about anyone no matter how he is provoked. That’s pretty impressive considering the market he plays in.
- JERK – NDAMUKONG SUH
Ndamukong Suh has been called a throwback player. He’s the kind of old-school defensive presence that gives offensive players nightmares. While most of those bad dreams are triggered by Suh’s play, even more of them are caused by his intimidating demeanor and fondness for playing dirty. Sadly, Suh does not leave that attitude on the field. Among fellow players, Suh has been named the biggest jerk in the NFL on previous occasions. Among fans and friends, it seems that there is always a fresh story about Suh’s legendary bad attitude.
His former roommate once called him a danger to the rest of the league, Lions players referred to him as a poisonous, and then there are stories like the fan that claims Suh cursed at them after a car crash. It all starts to add up.
- SWEETHEART – KHALIL MACK
Khalil Mack is going to be something special for a long time to come. There’s nothing about the guy’s play thus far which suggests he isn’t going to become the cornerstone of the Raiders’ defense for years to come. It doesn’t hurt that Mack is also one of the nicest NFL players you will ever run across. Starting from his college days at the University of Buffalo, nearly everyone who has met the intimidating Mack walk away talking about what a great person he is.
Mack has been called one of the most modest superstars in the NFL. If it weren’t for the fact that he’s built like a tank, you might never know that he’s a professional football player. Clearly he’s a lot nicer off the field than he is on it.
- JERK – ADAM JONES
To be perfectly fair, Adam Jones has supposedly calmed down quite a bit over the years and put his most notorious antics behind him. Even still, it’s going to take an MVP-caliber season on the field before anyone forgets about some of the most fabled “Pac-Man” stories. In the past, Adam Jones has proven to be the kind of public relations nightmare whose personal life calls into question the value of his professional accomplishments.
Indeed, Jones will likely forever be famous for that strip club incident in which he assaulted a dancer after she picked up some money he was throwing into the air. Jones insists that he has turned his life around and is now trying to warn others of the dangers of his lifestyle, but the jury is still out one of the NFL’s most notorious jerks.
- SWEETHEART – DEMARCUS WARE
Is there anything DeMarcus Ware can’t do After being released by the Cowboys, some speculated that the legendary defender’s best years might be behind him. Instead, he proved to be a crucial part of the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl efforts. No matter where he has played, the one thing that nobody has ever questioned about Ware is the kind of person he is. Ware is another one of those defensive monsters who is an absolute model of integrity off the field. Teammates and opponents alike respect the heck out of him.
Ware has been an active community participant in both Dallas and Denver and always seems to find himself on the right side of fan encounters. Just to complete his sterling image, Ware is also apparently quite the family man.
- JERK – BEN ROETHLISBERGER
So far as the man’s play goes, there has never been any controversy regarding whether or not Ben Roethlisberger should be QB of the Steelers. Since his debut season, he has played at a level that few others could ever hope to match. Because of his personal life, however, some have questioned if Roethlisberger should continue to be a starting quarterback at all. Big Ben has been at the center of some high-profile cases, including a sexual assault charge. These charges are said to represent his overall personality which is best described as “frat boy turned up to 11.” Roethlisberger’s early career success may have given fueled his ego as Ben is known for flaunting his accomplishments through his personality.
He may have matured in recent years, but it’s hard to shed that label that followed him around before.