Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr has proven time and time again throughout his career that he is a diva. When things are going well, Beckham is usually quiet. But when the going gets bad, he loves to throw a fit. Beckham isn’t the first wide receiver though to try to always be the center of attention. Let’s break down the five biggest wide receiver divas in NFL history.
5. Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown’s talent on the football field is undeniable, but maybe he should have taken a few more lessons on how to conduct himself off of it. While with the Pittsburgh Steelers he had countless fights with Ben Roethlisberger and was never afraid to speak his mind. He forced his way out of Pittsburgh and then out of Oakland.
If he was smart, he would stop using Twitter because it’s only increased his status as a diva.
4. Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin went to college during the showboat days of the Miami Hurricanes and he took that swag to the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. On the field, it was all about showboating for Irvin. Every first down was a show and when he found the end zone he made sure everyone was aware.
Off the field, he was accused of sexual assault and assaulting a teammate. It’s been years since he played in Dallas but he is still talked about as quite the personality.
3. Chad Johnson (Ochocinco)
Chad Ochocinco didn’t have any off-the-field issues but his antics on the field made him quite the diva. Johnson always made sure each of his touchdowns were memorable. From putting on a Hall of Fame jacket, to wearing a sombrero, Johnson sure made each one special.
Since he was retired from the NFL, he has continued to keep himself in the spotlight. He tried out for an MLS team and also was a participant in Dancing with the Stars.
2. Randy Moss
Randy Moss’s talent on the field was undeniable, but he also could be a headache for his own coaching staff. He often was accused of taking off plays and once famously said he plays when he wants to play.
He also received criticism from many for his on-the-field antics. He once squirted a referee with a water bottle and mooned the fans in Green Bay after scoring a touchdown.
When asked by the media how he was going to pay one of his many fines his answer was quite simple — straight cash, homey. Even with all of his antics, he is still remembered as one of the best wide receivers in history.
1. Terrell Owens
There really wasn’t a whole lot of competition for the top spot, Terrell Owens wins this honor with ease. Starting with his time with the 49ers, he accused his quarterback Jeff Garcia of being gay — despite the fact he had a girlfriend and would eventually marry Playboy Playmate Carmella DeCesare.
He was traded to the Ravens, but refused to show up so he was shipped off again to the Philadephia Eagles. With the Eagles, one of his more famous moments happened when he did sit-ups shirtless in his driveway. He wasn’t ever afraid to speak his mind and it got him into a lot of trouble around the league.