All the Antonio Brown antics this off-season got me to thinking, haven’t we seen this act before? In fact we have, over and over again out of the wide receiver position. This position, like no other, produces more diva-like characters. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 “diva-receivers” of all time….
10. Plaxico Burress
Ah yes the former Steeler who’s biggest career achievement is shooting himself in the thigh. As with most of the players on this list, there was tons of unrealized talent with Burress.
9. Keyshawn Johnson
Let’s not forget after just one season Johnson wrote a book titled “Just give me the damn ball”. In the book he took shots at just about everyone on the team. Quotes like receiver Wayne Chrebet was the “team mascot”, quarterback Neil O’Donnell was a “stiff fool”, and Jets offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt was an “Old fool”came from this book. All this from a player coming off his rookie season is diva-receiver magic.
8. Andre Rison
Andre “bad moon” Rison was the definition of diva-receiver during the 90’s. As much success as he had on the field, it paled in comparison to the issues he had off the field. Perhaps most famously, his mansion was burned to the ground by then TLC member Lisa Lopes.
7. Micheal Irvin
What sets Irvin apart from others on this list is Super Bowls. While he had as much or more off the field issues, Micheal Irvin can boast three Super Bowl rings. Most players on this list haven’t even sniffed a Super Bowl. From drug problems, to abuse allegations, to next level swag, Irvin was the complete diva-receiver package.
6. Odell Beckham
This now iconic boat trip photo symbolizes the spoiled receiver narrative. The flashy hair, the contract disputes, the other worldly talents, all are what we come to expect from a “diva-receiver”. Odell Beckham is an all timer in this category already, and we still have a long way to go in his career.
5. Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant’s behavior was so bad during his early days with the Dallas Cowboys they came up with a set of rules for the young receiver to follow now known as the “Dez Rules”. That has to be in the diva receiver hall of fame. Just like the rest of the list Dez had plenty of production on the field, and plenty of attitude off of it.
4. Chad Johnson
No list like this is complete without Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson. He literally changed his last name to Ocho Cinco in 2008, after giving himself the nickname two years prior. That’s a next level diva move folks. There were no major off the field issues for Johnson to speak of. It was his bravado and swag alone that gets him on the list.
3. Randy Moss
Randy Moss is really the complete package. Drug charges, assault charges, running over a policeman, squirting water at a referee, it’s all there. Combine that with being perhaps the most talented receiver of all time and there it is. Randy Moss is a first ballot diva receiver hall of fame member, no questions asked.
2. Antonio Brown
No player has ascended this list faster than Antonio Brown. While AB was never considered humble by any means, he would have never been compared to the likes of this group until recently. This has been an epic off season in the annals of diva receiver history. There’s still plenty of time for Antonio Brown to reach number one…..stay tuned.
1. Terrell Owens
There has never been a more talented, more troubled, more down right crazy receiver than Terrell Owens. His off the field issues are too many to mention, while on the field he was one of the most dominant to ever play the game. Let no one forget his performance for the Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX. After breaking his leg and tearing a ligament in his ankle just seven weeks prior, no one thought Owens would play in the Super Bowl. Not only did he play despite not being medically cleared, he dominated with 9 catches for 122 yards. Was Terrell Owens a diva? Yes. He was also a warrior on the field as well.