No other position in professional sports produces more me-first, egotistical personalities than the NFL wide receiver.
Running sub 4.4 second 40-yard dashes directly into my free sports comic book Worst About Sports are wide-mouthed wide-outs I call diva wide receivers!
However, what NFL fans cannot stand is the boorish behavior, petty pouting, childish on-field antics and tiresome off-field self-promotion of these celebrated gridiron divas.
They always think they’re open – whether in zone coverage, man-to-man defense, cover 2, in a phone booth, under a mattress or locked in a bank vault.
These narcissistic split ends just can’t shun the spotlight.
Retired wide receiver divas like Chris Carter, Jerry Rice and Keyshawn Johnson not only hauled in touchdown passes. They also caught just as much grief for their blathering on and off the field.
Now an ESPN commentator, Johnson may be credited for paving the way for today’s expensive wide out with the extensive vocabularies. However, his 7-Eleven nickname, perfect at the time, would need to be modernized to a more appropriate 24 – 7 moniker.
The new breed of self-absorbed NFL divas like Dez Bryant, Santonio Holmes and DeSean Jackson feel obligated to selfishly monopolize center stage in the ultimate team sport.
It’s doubtful that this new crop of divas will ever leave their marks of excellence and professional on the field like NFL all-pro pass catchers like Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Wes Welker.
Instead, they’ll need to be seen and heard in their uniquely irritating and boastful ways.
Unfortunately, the NFL Draft annually produces a new selection of egotistical split-ends each year.
With the annual draft and the emergence of talkative types like Bryant, Holmes and Jackson, the diva era of wide-mouthed wide-outs will never wane in the NFL.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!