For the most part, NFL players get along together. They may not like anyone on their own team, but they’re at least cordial to each other and their opponents too. However, some players can’t stand each other. The mere utterance of their name by a reporter in an interview causes their blood to boil and they make it known very quickly how much they hate that player. Throw saving face out the window, as we countdown the top five NFL feuds that will be on full display in 2013.
5. Christian Ponder vs. Percy Harvin
In case you missed it, Percy Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, and it was mainly due to Harvin suggesting the Vikings should throw Christian Ponder under the bus. The Vikings differed and shipped Harvin to Seattle instead, but there is no doubt that the Week 11 matchup at Seattle will mean something to Ponder. It may not be as verbally explosive as the T.O. vs. McNabb feud, but you can tell in every interview either player is brought up, creates bitterness in their eyes. Ponder is hurt by how Harvin really felt about him, and Harvin hated Ponder, because he felt he was holding him back. It’s a shame such resentment exists between the two with an obvious victim, but it should make for an explosive Week 11 show.
4. Anquan Boldin vs. Baltimore Ravens
Boldin had an opportunity to see the President of the United States at the White House for the Super Bowl winners’ commencement, but declined. That’s how much he hated the Baltimore Ravens for shipping him to the San Francisco 49ers. He simply couldn’t be in the same room as the people he felt betrayed him, and he won’t admit it, but it’s the truth. That’s a lot of hate. Unfortunately, Boldin won’t meet the Ravens in 2013 unless they play again in the Super Bowl, and boy wouldn’t that be a sight to see?
3. Andre Johnson vs. Cortland Finnegan
Johnson and Finnegan don’t like each other. They literally had a fist fight on the football field, because of how much they hate each other. It took Finnegan moving out of the division to the St. Louis Rams to cool down this feud a little, but the Rams and Houston Texans will meet in Week 6 this season. You think they will be buddy, buddy during that matchup? I doubt it, and the hate separation anxiety could make for another fist fight once again in Reliant Stadium.
2. Tom Brady vs. Terrell Suggs
The Brady Suggs feud has been going on for a while now. Suggs talks a lot and Brady doesn’t always shut Suggs up, which keeps Suggs talking. The “Pretty Boy” vs. the “Roughneck” is a classic, and the Patriots vs. Ravens matchup in Week 16 could motivate Brady and Suggs even more, because home field advantage could be at stake. That matchup could be the game of the year, and much of that esteem is the battle between Brady and Suggs. No matter who wins or loses, you will definitely here about this feud in 2013.
1. Richard Sherman vs. Everyone
Sherman likes to talk, a lot. He has been verbally abusive to a list including Tom Brady, Trent Williams and Roddy White. In fact, White and Sherman have already starting pumping themselves up in June for a Week 10 matchup in November. Sherman gets on people’s nerves and the reason he’s number one as Sherman vs. everyone, is because that’s exactly what it means. Richard Sherman takes on everyone.
No matter how big or small the player is, Sherman has something to say about them. He’s an instigator of feuds we have yet to see. He rails against his opponents, his teammates, the team’s that didn’t draft him and anyone who brings up his Adderall use. It’s Sherman vs. World. That’s why he’s number one and will sure make the headlines in 2013.
James Cobern is a NFC West Division Leader for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com or follow him on Twitter @Jmcobern1