It’s an undeniable fact of life that one of the best things about professional sports is the trash talking. Whether it’s the NFL, the NBA, professional boxing or even professional tennis, we’re pretty sure watching professional athletes verbally abuse each other is 47% of the reason we tune into sports (with the remaining percentages dedicates to knockout punches, touchdown runs and buzzer beating three-point shots). With that in mind, we’ve gone and rounded up some of the nastiest trash talkers in the history of sports. Regardless of which sport any of the following individuals are beholden to, we couldn’t leave ’em off this list, which is a pretty good sign they’re the last people on Earth you’d want to run into were you to step onto an NFL field, inside a boxing ring, etc.
10. Warren Sapp
Warren Sapp has a long and storied history both on the NFL field and off of it; while his legacy has been clouded by several suspicious off the field incidents since his retirement in 2007. This former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Oakland Raider may have his fair share of controversy off the field, and that’s made people forget that when he was on the field, Warren Sapp was virtually unblockable during the prime years of his career. A dominant defensive tackle who was a key part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers championship run in 2001, Sapp recorded 96 sacks during his career and is best remembered as an incredible athlete whose speed and power were bested only by his motor mouth. A notorious trash talker, Sapp had some incredible bouts with the likes of Mike Sherman and Brett Favre, even being fined by the NFL on numerous occasions for his verbose and plentiful attempts to demean his opponents. A joker at heart, Sapp is remembered fondly by most of his opponents as more of a jester than a jerk, and he remains one of the best trash talkers in the history of the NFL.