Sports writers and commentators love to cast professional athletes as heroes and villains, and nowhere is this truer than in the National Football League (NFL). For every good guy, All-American quarterback such as Aaron Rogers, there is a mean defensive tackle such as Ndamukong Suh waiting to step on his injured leg during the playoffs (which actually happened last season). And many things can cast a professional football player as a villain. For some it is dirty play on the field, for others it is holding out for more money or shooting their mouth off in the media. Whatever the reason, villains abound in the NFL and there is never any shortage of news stories designed to rile up fans in cities across America. Here’s a look at some of the biggest current villains in pro football.
10. Darrelle Revis
He is arguably the best cornerback in the league today and fresh off a Super Bowl victory with the New England Patriots. But despite his success, Darrelle Revis cannot shake the image that he is a ruthless mercenary who has no loyalty and will play for whichever team pays him the most money. Indeed, Revis became public enemy number one in New England this spring when he abandoned the Patriots after one victorious season and returned to his first team, the New York Jets, on a five-year, $70 million contract with $39 million of guaranteed money. This was after Revis concluded a one year contract worth $16 million with the Patriots. He also played the 2013 NFL season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing a six year deal with that team worth a whopping $96 million. However, just like in New England, Revis only spent one year with Tampa Bay before leaving as an unrestricted free agent. And while Darrelle Revis’s penchant for team hopping has made him very wealthy and helped him get a Super Bowl ring, it has left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans—especially in the Boston area.