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10 Selfish Athletes Who Put the "I" in "Teiam"

DeSean "DiSpute" Jackson, and the top 10 most individualistic athletes in team sports history.


By all accounts, Brett Favre was a great guy to play with; one of the most fun loving, inspirational team leaders in NFL history. So why include him on such a list? For a player who was building a reputation as one of the game’s all-time greats, Favre did everything he could do to sully that reputation during the final five years of his career. Bogus retirement speeches, turn-coating, and penis texts—oh my!

Yes, Favre began his “will he or won't he” retirement campaign all the way back in 2006; constantly breaking out the waterworks at press conferences, while subsequently holding back the career of a guy (Aaron Rodgers) who is currently shaping up to be one of the all-time great quarterbacks. Favre’s string of prolonged retirement dramathons soured his status in Green Bay (he constantly missed training camp), and after a controversy-riddled year with the New York Jets (see, penis texts), Favre infuriated Cheesehead Nation further by signing with the division rival Minnesota Vikings. When you add in the fact that Favre rarely traveled with his teammates towards the end of his career, the Wrangler-wearing gunslinger is a surefire, first ballot, "me-first" hall-of-famer.

“I play when I want to play.” In one career-defining quote, Moss created a mantra for future generations of selfish professional athletes. Of course, when he did “want to play,” Moss was arguably the most talented wide receiver in NFL history, running full steam down the field and making acrobatic catches in the end zone. When his physical skills diminished, however, it appeared as if Moss didn’t want to play a lot more than he did. What other reason could there be for a player who was traded twice within a single season?

The double swap, of course, happened in 2010, when Moss was traded from the New England Patriots to his first team, the Minnesota Vikings, and then later to the Tennessee Titans. While a lack of effort sealed his fate in New England, praising the very same team and coach (Bill Belichick) that got rid of him did Moss no favors in Minny.

Moss has also been criticized for his lack of effort on the practice field, failure to mentor younger receivers (who he probably just viewed as competition), and dogging it late in games—as well as the entire 2010 season. “The Freak’s” signature moment came during a 2004 game against the Washington Redskins, when he left the field before the game was over, even though Minnesota still had a chance to recover an onside kick. Moss claimed he didn’t believe his team had a chance to do so. Neither did we, Randy, neither did we.


No one wants to fist-bump with T.O.

Oh, T.O., where do we begin? Like Randy Moss and Keyshawn Johnson, Owens lived the life of a diva wide receiver to the hilt. Even though he is sixth all-time in receptions, Owens never seemed pleased with the amount of passes thrown his way. He had a habit of throwing anyone and everyone under the bus following a poor performance and, in effect, burned bridges with all five NFL franchises he played for during his 14-year (and presumably finished) career.

In San Francisco, Owens established his Pro Bowl career catching passes from quarterback Jeff Garcia. So obviously, he spread rumors that Garcia was gay after getting traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Things started great in Philly, as the team made the Super Bowl in 2005. Things ended horribly in Philly when T.O. claimed quarterback Donovan McNabb choked away the Super Bowl, and the receiver was released the following year after constant feuding with coach Andy Reid. Owens continued his whining ways in Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati; so it came as no shock that not a single NFL team representative showed up when T.O. held an open workout session in October to kick off his comeback campaign. Hey, there’s always hope that VH1 will keep renewing The T.O. Show. We wouldn’t put it past them.


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