The 10 laziest NFL players of all time

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When it comes to NFL players, it’s easy to assume that they are hard-working individuals. The percentage of football players who are on an NFL roster is extremely low. That’s an even lower percentage of those who make a name for themselves in the league and become a star is even lower.



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With that in mind, you’d think anyone who’s a league star has to kick ass to stay on top. However, you would be wrong. In the history of the NFL, there has been no shortage of players who were extremely lazy and had their careers ruined as a result.

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ten Charles Roger

In 2003, the Detroit Lions drafted wide receiver Charles Roger in the first round, just one pick ahead of Andre Johnson. That pick ended up being one of the most disastrous moves in NFL history, as they missed out on one of the best receivers of the 2000s in favor of one of the laziest in league history. league.

Rogers spent most of his time after his rookie season either suspended for drug abuse or on the bench due to poor play. After just three seasons he was released, with coach Rod Marinelli even stating that the laziness of catcher was one of the reasons he was fired. He never signed for a team again.


9 Ryan Leaf

The story is as old as time today. In the 1998 NFL Draft, Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning were considered the number one and two quarterback prospects. The Indianapolis Colts took the latter first. With that, Leaf went to San Diego.

Turns out the Colts got the best quarterback. Leaf had substance abuse issues, which caused him to skip practice on occasion and get into fights with reporters and teammates. He was only cut three seasons from his stint with the Chargers and was out of the league in 2003.

8 Lawrence Phillips

In the 1996 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams got a big weapon with running back Lawrence Phillips. This project directly led to the team signing future Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It ended up being a fatal mistake.

Phillips had his moments but was inconsistent on the pitch. He soon started dealing with off-field issues and skipping practices and team meetings. Despite repeated pleas from coach Dick Vermeil to get his life back on track, he couldn’t and was out of the league in 1999.


seven Vince Young

Vince Young has had as mixed a career as it gets. He was technically an active quarterback for over a decade, a multiple Pro Bowl selection, and more. However, he also failed to live up to his draft position and finished his career with more turnovers than touchdowns.

The physical talent was there, but not the mental aspect. Young was regularly chewed out by longtime coach Jeff Fisher for consistently breaking team rules, such as missing practice or having a bad attitude. This laziness and lack of care led to him being expelled from Tennessee in 2011, and Young will never recover.

6 mike williams

Mike Williams seemed like a future star for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until he wasn’t. The wide receiver had an excellent first three seasons, which led to the team awarding the wide a six-year, $40 million deal. This is probably where Williams stopped caring.

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Williams started picking up injuries which didn’t help as he was already declining in terms of on-court play. He was traded just a year after signing his massive contract and was kicked out of Buffalo the following season. The stories that came out of Tampa Bay and Buffalo were that the broad didn’t take prep or his career seriously, which was quickly highlighted by a drug suspension right after being cut in 2015.

5 Randy Moss

Randy Moss is arguably the second-greatest wide receiver in NFL history. The only wide considered better than the former All-Pro is Jerry Rice. Even then, the 49ers legend believes Moss could have been better than him had he taken his career seriously.

Rice said Moss was lazy, and few people disagreed with him. The wide receiver’s attitude and lack of preparation led to him being thrown out of town on several occasions. Despite his laziness, Moss has become an NFL legend.


4 Michael Vic

Michael Vick’s legacy as a player and as a person is very complicated. The quarterback made multiple Pro Bowls, starred in two franchises and had a long career. However, he also spent time in jail for dogfighting, amid other scandals.

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However, even before his arrest, Vick was likely going to be kicked out of Atlanta. While the setter had plenty of athleticism, he didn’t spend much time on his mechanics and mostly rubbed shoulders with his talent. Years later, Vick himself admitted that he was very lazy for much of his career.

3 Tony Mandarich

Tony Mandarich is one of the greatest draft busts of all time. Coming out of college, the offensive lineman was considered a generational talent. Surprisingly, he failed to live up to the hype and was out of the league in six mostly mediocre seasons.

Many blamed Mandarich’s failures on steroid and drug abuse. However, after his retirement, the offensive lineman revealed that was not the case. Mandarich felt his laziness and work ethic were terrible, leading him to become a bust project.

2 Albert Haynesworth

To be fair to Albert Haynesworth, he wasn’t always lazy. In fact, at one time he was one of the greatest players in the league. However, whatever his work ethic was, it disappeared when he got a $100 million contract from Washington in 2009.

Immediately, Haynesworth stopped caring. Unlike many other players, the lineman didn’t even try to hide it either and actively gave up plays on the field. Less than three seasons after his new contract, Haynesworth’s career was over.

1 Jamarcus Russel

Jamarcus Russell is widely considered the laziest player in NFL history. The Oakland Raiders’ first overall pick had all the talent in the world. He was a taller player but still had speed and mobility, could make every throw on the pitch, and had a cannon for his arm.

However, once he was drafted, Russell stopped caring and phoned everything from practice to play. The Raiders noticed that too. Once, the team gave Russell a blank DVD and told him to watch the movie and tell them what they saw. As the story goes, Russell returned the next day and gave his thoughts on the film. As the team knew, the DVD was blank.

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