According to a list published by CBSSports’s National NFL Insider Mike Freeman, two players from the Philadelphia Eagles are among the ten biggest jerks in the league.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made the list at number six. Here’s what Freeman had to say about Jackson:
“Benched in fourth quarter of a game last year. Benched for missing team meeting. Celebrates before scoring. More than once. Mad talented, crazy fast, super smart and a jerk.
This will be an interesting situation to watch. The Eagles just rewarded Jackson with a long-term deal. Historically, jerks don’t handle this kind of thing well. Jerks are to fat contracts what a Kardashian is to … oh, never mind. Jackson also is now the CEO of a rap label called Jaccpot Records. Nothing wrong with that. The problem, as always with a situation like this, is money. Someone has to fund this venture and it will probably be Jackson. Athletes funding their own business ventures never go wrong, right? And speaking of broke jerks.”
And at number one on the list? Who else? Quarterback Michael Vick.
Here’s what Freeman said about Vick:
“This question was put to Twitter: does Vick deserve to be forgiven for what were atrocities against defenseless animals? Hundreds of responses came in and it was overwhelming there are still a great many people who haven’t forgiven Vick for actions of his own making.
But that is the question: When is Vick allowed to move on? When is that threshold from criminal to forgiven criminal crossed? To some, it already has. But to many, like me, though it’s clear that Vick has changed, the crime was so disgraceful, more time is still needed to make sure the change I’ve seen in him is not an act but permanent. There’s almost a simple formula here to follow. The worse the crime, the more time it takes for the re-evaluation.
This is an arrogant approach for me and others, particularly since everyone judging Vick has made their own errors. But there are mistakes and then there are mistakes. For Vick, it will still take more time.”
Others on the list included Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the New Orleans Saints, free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Personally, I think a guy like Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a much better choice than Jackson. As for Vick, I’m one of those guys who chooses to forgive him, and I can honestly say that I would feel that way regardless of what team he played for.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.