Doing their best Buzzfeed impression, Sporting News unveiled their list-icle (that’s an abbrev for list + article, obvi) of the "40 most hated NFL players of all time: loudmouths, cheaters and criminals" yesterday. The fact that Tom Brady’s on this list – and pretty darn high, mind you – shouldn’t be surprising, but some of the guys he beats in the hater power rankings might be.
Sporting News laid out their definition of "most hated" and limited it to "players who were hated while they were on the field". That allows them to, conveniently (and thankfully) exclude grade-A screwups like Aaron Hernandez, Rae Carruth, O.J. Simpson, and Ray Rice, since, as they say, "There’s no sense in debating those players’ place on this list".
Obviously, the title here spills the beans that Tom Brady checks in at number 5 overall. Here’s their assesment of why so many people drink the Tom Brady Hater-ade:
"Brady could be on a list of most loved players, too, but there are more haters given the controversy surrounding the four-time Super Bowl winner. The "Tuck Rule", SpyGate and Deflategate have all been part of his career, and he’s facing a four-game suspension for the second straight year heading into the 2016 season."
"A lot of the Brady hate comes as a result of all those wins, too, but even more comes from the controversies."
So, there’s that.
Let’s see who everybody hates more than Tom Brady!
Number 4? Convicted and unrepentant domestic abuser Greg Hardy
Number 3? Penalty enthusiast Ndamukong Suh
Number 2? Serial team cancer Terrell Owens
And number 1? Michael Vick, who, well, you know.
Perhaps more tellingly, let’s see who Brady ranks above.
Checking in at 6th, we have Ray Lewis, who aside from being supremely irritating as an ESPN analyst, was almost certainly involved in a homicide early in his career and sold out his friends to avoid years of jail time.
Moving on, a couple spots later, at 8th, it’s Big Ben Roethlisberger, who was accused multiple times of sexual assault, although he was never convicted. Still, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…
Next up, in the 9-spot, we’ve got Pacman Jones, who, aside from all his penalties on the field, reportedly beat up a stripper in Vegas and was *reportedly* involved with several other *reported* incidents.
Rounding out the top 10 is Adrian Peterson, who, as you surely remember, whipped his kid so hard that he drew blood, and then went on the record and told critics to get bent because he didn’t consider that to be child abuse.
We could keep going, but you get the idea.
Ok, here’s one more for the road: lucky number 13 is Albert Haynesworth, and you all remember why – stomping on Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s unprotected head so hard that Gurode needed 30 stitches to fix his face.
Well, that, and wasting $100,000,000 of Washington owner Dan Snyder’s money, of course.
Shoot, if you’re going to put Tom Brady in the same company as all of these clowns, at least mention that he knocked up Bridgette Moynahan and then started dating Gisele a few months later.