Top 15 Athletes in Sports Who Are Just Flat-Out Cocky

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Top 15 Cockiest Athletes in Sports

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Athletes these days are given more publicity than ever before and it shows in the arrogance and cockiness of the same individuals. While it isn't very surprising that athletes are cockier than usual these days, it is still something that sometimes give a certain sport a black eye. No sport wants a star athlete to act like a fool and act like they are better than anyone else.

Athletes are supposed to be role models, but that occasionally gets lost in all the attention and publicity that an athlete gets. You can't see a player score a touchdown these days without celebrating excessively and making a mockery of the opponent in which they scored upon. Sure, the touchdown dances are awesome, but unless you have a lead or it was a big touchdown late in the game, the dances shouldn't be so ridiculous -- like the Jacksonville Jaguars' running back who scored a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the year to trim the lead to three scores and then tried to quiet the crowd with a taunt.

Some of it is all in good fun, but cockiness in sports has become extremely prevalent lately. Superstars have become known as guys who aren't afraid to shove it in opponents' faces that they are better and they can do whatever they want and not get in trouble.

What about the athletes who change their names because they think so highly of themselves? Chad Johnson, anyone? He was nicknamed "ocho-cinco" by fans and broadcasters alike because of his football number, 85. However, no one told him that his nickname meant "eight five" instead of "eighty-five". He then legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco.

Let's take a look at the 15 cockiest athletes in sports today and let me know who I have missed.

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15. Jonathan Papelbon

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Jonathan Papelbon is loud, crazy and will let you know when he strikes you out. You love the guy when he's on your team because he's usually money, but if he records a save against your favorite team, you just want to punch the guy in the face.

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14. Johnny Manziel

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Talking trash to the Rice Owls in the first game of the season was reason enough to land him on this list, but the fact that he embraces the fact that he's immature is a bit cocky in itself. His "money" celebrations were just a slap in the face of the NCAA who let him off easy for his autograph scandal.

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13. Randy Moss

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While Moss is one year removed from the sport, he is still a phenomenal athlete and needs to be included on this list. When reporters asked him about one of his many fines that cost him $10,000 he said, Ain't nothing but 10 grand. What's 10 grand to me?" Yeah, that's pretty cocky.

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12. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

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Before a big fight, Rampage Jackson called out one of his opponents saying, "When I beat Wanderlei I’m a take his belt, pull his pants down and spank him for being so ugly." Well it seems like he thinks pretty highly of himself -- and this is a watered-down quote of his.

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11. DeSean Jackson

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Besides his annoying celebrations before he even gets into the endzone or getting in opponents' faces after a catch, the fact that he said that he is a top-five wide receiver in the NFL before the season is a bit of a stretch prior to the 2013 season.

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10. Yasiel Puig

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Everyone will remember Yasiel Puig for helping with the resurgence of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, but how could we forget the bat flip he had prior to a triple he hit in the 2013 postseason? How about the fact that he sometimes doesn't try because he knows just how talented he is. Call it miscommunication of cultures, but I call it pure cockiness.

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9. Cristiano Ronaldo

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He is regarded as the best soccer player in the world -- by himself -- but has to be one of the softest players out there. Although he is supremely talented, it's hard to say he's not cocky for being a soft player.

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8. Terrell Owens

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Doing sit ups and working out in his driveway while reporters are interviewing him just exceeds cocky and becomes an entirely new level. Who is more into themselves than T.O.? Not many people.

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7. Richard Sherman

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Probably the biggest trash talker in the NFL, Richard Sherman isn't afraid to call out his doubters. He knows that he's good, and sometimes that's not a good thing.

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6. Marshall Henderson

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Just watching this kid celebrate after every made three-pointer makes you want to punch a wall. Henderson is the cockiest athlete in college basketball and it's not even close. He is known to disrespect opposing fans and get into the faces of opponents, letting them know that that he can play basketball better than them.

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5. Cam Newton

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Cam Newton has been cocky since his national title victory in 2010. However, it was his "me-first" attitude in his first Pro Bowl turned a lot of fellow players off and they consider him too cocky for his own good. He can back it up, however.

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4. LeBron James

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Watching him win award after award must be pretty humbling to LeBron James -- especially when he's accepting awards from some of the biggest NBA legends of all time. However, that is far from the case. Check out what I'm talking about below.

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3. Usain Bolt

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I don't think there's any argument with this one. Usain Bolt runs, he wins and he celebrates. Enough said.

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2. Chael Sonnen

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Listening to this guy talk just makes your head hurt. He thinks more highly of himself than anyone in professional sports -- easily. He can talk so much trash and then not back it up and no one will ever know. He talks more trash about Anderson Silva than anyone should talk about a person.

WARNING: this video may contain profanity.

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1. Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Maywather -- the self-proclaimed "Money" Mayweather -- has money, he flaunts it and by gosh you will know it. Floyd will never pass up an opportunity to talk trash to opponents and rub his riches in everyone's face.

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  • JaKa

    Calling T.O. for working out while getting interviewed at his own home is a wissy-wussy, arrogant, Pius, not worth mentioning dig on a guy with a big mouth during games and after, so tell me about it. I’m not too fond of T.O. myself, but can’t rap on taking his head off for that. Go find something he got to high about that’s not impolite to you. If he can do sit-ups and talk at the same time, more power too him. Try it on the 3rd of 3 sets of 100. We know he’s a bung-holieo, so tell us something zippy.

    Was he just a big mouth that every part-time football viewer knows has a big mouth. So, you had to add him to the list and put up a cute little woushy-cushy reference to? Make your bitchin’ have some meat and potatoes to it, not cream puff stuff. After the interview, did they cry all the way home?

  • JaKa

    Reading the explanation on why Floyd Maywather as #1 big mouth brat or what have you, went and got me PO’s again. I started reading your stuff and thought I was reading a social norm for US citizens, only to be rebuked by the cartel demanding the same of these citizens. So the man takes money and rubs it in reporters faces? Good thing he wasn’t rubbing it out of his bungholieo, huh?

    This is the American way from every 1st grade kid, who has a couple extra fins in his/her pocket, or wait; make that every 3-year old with 2 pieces of candy, and you can’t have any, all the way up to the corporate mongol who so wittingly puts up a play on words to make you feel small for not “earning” his riches.

    These athletes have been jawing things, with the rights to it, after the blood, sweat and tears they endure, not to mention talent displayed. It has become a norm only having cause to make people remember them or do a “hit” on their blog. It’s part of the fame. If they chose to have it displayed, that’s that folks. Others may cross the goal line, flip the ball over to the referee and jog back… without a word. So be it, humble types are getting more respect, again, still or whatever. But the glitter has worn off the cats with big mouths, no sensationalism. Mohammid Ali had it all going on for himself, even when he was “Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr” commonly referred to as Cassius Clay, back in the early 60′s Clay had a bunch of riddles depicting how he was “I am the greatest!” he declared after walking off in another victory. “I sting like a butterfly and float like a bee”, that’s all wrong, go look it up for yourself. He was one of the first trash talkers in the US or world for that matter, and you can be sure there were others before him, but never a heavy weight champion, and never a man so flamboyant and charismatic as he was.

    The thing about Ali was everybody loved him, even all the white boys in the old ally back in “65.

    Okay, so people don’t like trash talk, but if done in a way it’s only putting yourself up, and others do not get put down, can be a very cool tool for advertising self. It’s the cheapest ads you can get, making the nickel and dime reporters PO’d to the max. Those who read this write-up who prior to seeing it were unfamiliar with Maywather will pay attention the next time he’s the focus on a TV show or whatever, won’t they? Why? His mouth got him a big ad here, free.