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Over the last few decades, many NFL players have earned a reputation for being angry on – and off – the field. But, that’s the nature of the game. These days, the pressure on top athletes in all sports is so great, the stakes so much higher, the money so much better and the competition so much stiffer, that some stars have become known for being over-the-top hotheads. All the time. Here are some of the angriest players in sports who seem to have forgotten that being a good loser makes an athlete a better winner. Why can’t they all just get along?
Kurt Busch (NASCAR)
Kurt Busch is one of the best racing car drivers in NASCAR, but he could be even better if he got his emotions under control. He’s even been known for going into the stands to have it out with a fan!
Ronda Rousey (UFC)
After blowing her perfect 10-0 record to upstart MMA fighter Holly Holm in November, Ronda Rousey scored no points for losing gracefully. But, the tactic is working. Will Holm be on Saturday Night Live any time soon?
Carlos Zambrano (Retired From MLB)
Pitcher Carlos Zambrano may be retired now, but his wacky temper earns him a spot in the Angriest Player Hall Of Fame. Known for having it out with umps, and even an innocent water cooler, Zambrano’s anger more than once spilled out in the dugout against his own teammates. That’s rare in Major League Baseball, still considered the most “genteel” sport.
Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings)
Fighting is so common in hockey that it’s become part of the spectacle and fans feel cheated if there isn’t at least one good glove dropper a game. But Dustin Brown has actually been suspended for excessive violence in an already extremely violent sport.
Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
Despite his elite status and virtual lock on an early entry into the NFL Hall Of Fame, Tom Brady still knows how to throw a mean fit. You might even say his angry reactions to criticism, second-guessing and even his own (occasional) fumbles, may be a bit, shall we say, over-inflated? Nah…
Tiger Woods (PGA)
Tiger Woods always seemed to be happy-go-lucky and why not? For a decade he was touted as the greatest golfer of all time. But, after making no ground in his chase of Jack Nicklaus in the last 8 years, he might have a good reason to have turned so sour before his time.
Floyd Mayweather (Retired Boxer)
Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather (49-0) was, pound-for-pound, the greatest fighter in history. Maybe it was because he never forgot that, no matter how you may truly feel about your opponent, once you step into the ring, that man is your mortal enemy.
Serena Williams (WTA)
She always looks mad, always looks tough, hell she even always sounds like she’s ready to rip somebody’s head off. But, Williams’ fiery temper, combined with almost superhuman athleticism, has landed this lady light years ahead of her closest competitor for all-time greatest women’s tennis champion. She’s only CALLED Serena…
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Kobe Bryant will be retiring in 2016 after a brilliant career in the NBA, but he hasn’t lost his competitive fire yet. KB has just enough juice left to go out giving it all he’s got under the boards, at a time when people in most professions are coasting the downward slide to the Golden Years. And, that’s enough to make any man really PISSED OFF…