John Boyett and the 20 Most Moronic NFL Players
John Boyett and his Moronic NFL Brethren
NFL players are no different than you and me, except they play a game for a living and make an exorbitant amount of money for it. But they have bills, they work, they have families and on occasion and they make moronic decisions. While the majority of these decisions are harmless, sometimes they lead to others getting hurt, a player serving jail time, or both.
A lot of the players who make these horrible decisions choose to do so after hitting it big, either making an NFL team for their rookie season or being given a very large raise. Money always seems to play a part in not only athletes, but also other super-rich people making very dumb decisions in their lives.
John Boyett happens to be the most recent NFL player to screw up. The rookie was arrested last Monday for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement outside a bar in Indianapolis. Oh, and did we mention he told the officers, “you can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player”. I’m guessing the officers had no idea who he was. Boyett’s offense fell on the harmless side, but it also cost him a spot on the Colts' roster.
These kind of moronic incidents have occurred throughout the history of the NFL; it’s not something that just started happening. There have been more than 21 moronic incidents, but these are some of the more recent ones to occur.
There are probably some I have missed or left out, like Riley Cooper dropping the N-word, so if you got more, let me know in the comments.
Time to check out the 20 I included.
20. Aaron Hernandez
You can’t have any list dealing with moronic decisions without having Aaron Hernandez. Charged with first-degree murder and looking to spend the rest of his life in prison, Hernandez made the ultimate moronic decision. But everyone knows Hernandez’s story, so we might as well get him out of the way first.
19. Adam Jones
Where do we begin with Adam Jones? Jones was on probation when he was drafted, then after the draft he was arrested for assault and felony vandalism. He was arrested again in 2006 after an incident at his house and then again during training camp that year for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His biggest mistake came during the 2007 NBA All-Star Game weekend where he was involved in a skirmish at a gentleman’s club that led to three people being shot. While Jones was not the shooter, witnesses claimed the shooter was part of Jones’ entourage.
Jones went on to make more bone-headed mistakes, but he eventually cleaned up his act and is still playing football for the Cincinnati Bengals.
18. Albert Haynesworth
Ah, good ol' Albert Haynesworth. He began his NFL career by kicking his own teammate during training camp in 2003. Haynesworth followed that up by stomping on the helmet-less head of Andre Gurode, which opened a pretty severe wound on his forehead.
After being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, Haynesworth went on to sign a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins in 2009. He immediately had problems with the Redskins coaching staff, failed to show up for offseason workouts and was completely out of shape by the time training camp rolled around.
Haynesworth went from being one of the highest paid NFL players in history to being one of the biggest free-agent busts of all time. His moronic on-the-field and off-the-field issues put him out to pasture after only 10 years in the league.
17. Antonio Cromartie
Antonio Cromartie has had a clean NFL career. No issues on- or off-the-field, no run ins with coaches or other players, nothing to put him on anyone’s radar. Except for that scene during HBO’s Hard Knocks where they asked Cromartie the names of his seven children at the time. Now, it is not my place to call a guy a moron for having what is now 12 children, with eight different women, but if you can’t even remember their names then you should not continue to procreate. He makes my list simply because I will never forget the Hard Knocks’ scene.
16. Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger should only be known for his two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Big Ben is more known for being accused twice of sexually assaulting women. The first incident happened in 2009 when a woman tried to get pregnant with a “little Roethlisberger”. Apparently when that failed, she figured it would be easier to extract money from him by accusing him of sexual assault.
A year later, Roethlisberger was investigated for sexual assault of a woman inside a nightclub bathroom. The accuser eventually dropped the charges because the media attention was too much for her.
While Roethlisberger was never charged, he still made some moronic mistakes. When you’re a celebrity, with a lot of money, you have to make sure the choices you make are not going to come back to haunt you. Since these incidents, Roethlisberger has been clean, but he still made our list.
15. Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant's troubles began in college when he missed over half of his junior year after the NCAA suspended him when they found out he had failed to disclose his interactions with Deion Sanders. Then he had a fun pre-draft visit with the Miami Dolphins where GM Jeff Ireland asked Bryant if his mother was a prostitute.
These should have been some red flags, but Bryant was taken 24th in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. During his time with the Cowboys, he has been thrown out of and banned from a mall, supposedly got into a fight with rapper Lil' Wayne in a Miami nightclub and was arrested for a domestic violence charge against his mother.
Bryant certainly isn't the worst offender, but he has made some moronic decision in his short NFL career.
14. Michael Vick
Michael Vick pulled off one of the more moronic moves in recent NFL memory. Vick had a handful of incidents before 2007 including a lawsuit from a woman alleging she contracted genital herpes from Vick and that he used the alias “Ron Mexico” when he visited clinics.
But in 2007, Vick made national headlines when a property he owned was raided during a drug investigation. During the search, police found evidence of unlawful dog fighting activities. Everything led back to Vick and he was eventually charged and sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.
Vick spent 18 months in prison and returned to the NFL in 2009. He has stayed out of trouble since his prison stint, but still one of the most moronic decisions in NFL history.
13. Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh quickly made a name for himself in the NFL based on his physical and what some called “dirty” style of play. He was fined on several occasions for his “dirty” tactics, but he crossed the moronic line in 2011 when he pulled a “Haynesworth” and stomped on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Let’s not forget that Suh shoved Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground three times before the stomp.
Then in 2012, Suh was involved in yet another controversially on-the-field incident. During the Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans, Suh intentionally or unintentionally kicked Matt Schaub in the groin has was he being dragged to the ground.
While it was easy to defend Suh’s “dirty” play before these two incidents, it is really tough to defend him now. He has crossed into moron territory and there is no way back.
12. Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress was another NFL player who kept his nose clean for the most part. Sure he had the occasional driving violation or civil lawsuit, but nothing too moronic. That all changed on November 28, 2008, nine months after catching the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, when Burress, like a moron, shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub.
Are we seeing the trend with nightclubs here?
Burress accepted a plea deal after being indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree. His plea deal sent him to prison for two years, effectively ending his NFL career.
He has since made his way back to the NFL and has stayed out of trouble, but his prison sentence will always follow him.
11. Sam Hurd
Last, but not least, we have Sam Hurd. Yet another NFL player who never had any trouble during his NFL career until he crossed into ultimate moronic territory. On December 14, 2011, Hurd was arrested in Chicago. What for you ask? Well, he attempted to purchase and distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana.
Forget buying it for himself, he had to go Breaking Bad on this one?
While the investigation was going on, Hurd also failed two drug tests. This led to him being jailed indefinitely while he waits to hear how long he will be sent to prison. Oh, he faces a minimum of 10 years.
Hurd wasn’t a great NFL player, which is likely why he tried to start his own drug network, but he is easily one of the most moronic players of the last 10 years.
10. Ray Lewis
I assume everyone knows the reason why Ray Lewis is on this list, but if you are unsure then here is why.
Lewis and a couple of his friends were partying in Atlanta for Super Bowl XXXIV. Sometime after the celebration parties ended, Lewis and his friends were involved in a fight, which led to the stabbing deaths of two men. Lewis was indicted on murder and aggravated assault, but he accepted a plea deal and testified against his friends. Ultimately, no one was convicted of the murders. Now, instead of being known as a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of the all-time greatest linebackers in NFL history, he is more famous than O.J. Simpson for getting away with murder.
9. Pat McAfee
Who doesn’t love to go swimming? Pat McAfee sure does, and he doesn’t care where or what time of day. On October 20, 2010, McAfee was arrested in the wee hours of the morning after a woman called police and said a wet, shirtless man tried to get into her car. When police arrived they asked McAfee how much he had to drink, to which he answered, “a lot, because I’m drunk”. While it was a somewhat harmless act, it’s one that has tainted his reputation and landed him on the moron list.
8. Donte Stallworth
Donte Stallworth is another moron who was involved in the killing of a person. Unlike Ray Lewis, Stallworth was guilty of hitting and killing a pedestrian while he was driving drunk. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and accepted a plea deal that would sentence him to only 30 days in jail. Why the light sentence? Because the man killed, was not crossing the street at a crosswalk. Stallworth’s NFL career is practically over – played in 19 games since 2009 – and he is now enshrined in the moron list.
7. Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson
Chad Johnson’s moron behavior began with his touchdown celebrations. I’m not saying they weren’t awesome, but there were some who thought it was tasteless. Then he decided to change his last name to Ochocinco because he wore the number 85, except Ochocinco is not the Spanish word for 85. While it does mean eight and five, it was a horrible choice.
He has since changed his last name back to Johnson and even got married in July 2012. Johnson was arrested in August 2012 after he headbutted his wife and they divorced in September 2012. Johnson received a year of probation, which he violated in May 2013. In June 2013, Johnson was sentence to 30 days in jail. He reached a plea deal to keep him out of jail, but the judge nullified that after Johnson slapped his attorney on the butt. The judge felt Johnson was not taking the situation seriously, so his 30-day sentence was reinstated and off to jail Johnson went. The moron only served seven days.
6. Ausar Walcott
Never heard of Ausar Walcott? Well don’t fret because I hadn’t either until he made ESPN for being a moron. Walcott was involved in a fight that left the man he punched in critical condition. The man didn’t die, but Walcott has been charged with attempted murder. Walcott is claiming self-defense, but that won’t keep him off the moron list. Hasn’t anyone learned from Ben Roethlisberger? Just say no and walk away.
5. Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib got a quick jump on being a moron in the NFL. During the 2008 NFL rookie symposium, Talib was involved in a fistfight with fellow rookie and Tampa Bay Buccaneer teammate Cory Boyd. Then in 2009 he beat up a taxi driver and was arrested once more in 2011 when he supposedly fired a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. Talib is still playing in the NFL – somehow for the New England Patriots – but one can only assume his moronic days are not yet behind him.
4. Donovan McNabb
Did Donovan McNabb kill anyone? No. Did he get caught with drugs? No. So why is he on this list? Because McNabb didn’t know an NFL game could end in a tie. His reasoning was that he had never been part of a tie, but shouldn’t a 10-year veteran know these kinds of rules? Sorry McNabb, but a moronic comment like that is all it takes to make the list.
3. Rolando McClain
The moron in Rolando McClain broke through in 2011 when he was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm inside the city limits. This all stemmed from McClain apparently putting a gun to someone’s head and firing a shot next to their ear. After a financial agreement was made, all the charges against McClain were dropped, however, he couldn’t stay out of trouble and was arrested again in January 2013 when he was pulled over for a window tint violation and gave the officer a false name. He was then arrested in April 2013 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he said “F*ck the police” and pulled away multiple times as officers tried to place him under arrest. McClain has since retired from the NFL and his lasting image will forever be as a moron.
2. Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez is known more for his moronic decisions on-the-field than anything he has done off-the-field. His relationship with a 17-year-old female made national headlines back in 2011, but it’s the infamous “butt fumble” that lands Sanchez on the list. During the 2012 Thanksgiving Day game against the New England Patriots, Sanchez attempted to scramble, and while sliding, face planted into the backside of one of his teammates and fumbled the ball. To make matters worse, the Patriots picked up the fumble and ran it back for a touchdown. If you don’t remember the play, here it is.
1. Titus Young
Titus Young easily made the moron list for being arrested three times, in five days including twice within a 24-hour period. But his moronic decisions started before that. In 2011 Young sucker-punched Detroit Lions teammate Louis Delmas, then in a game during the 2012 season he deliberately lined up in the wrong position, twice. Not surprisingly, the Lions cut him. After he failed to make the St. Louis Rams his off-the-field troubles began.
Young was arrested for suspected drunk driving on May 5, 2013. 14 hours later he was arrested again for trying to steal his car from the impound lot. Then on May 10, he was arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer. His NFL career is over and if is his dad is right, this moron may need to get help.