Much like any other sports, NFL players are bound to make mistakes. What these players did not know then was they are making the biggest mistakes of their life worthy of a spot in this most embarrassing moments in the history of the league.
Here are some of the most embarrassing moments in the NFL.
Jim Marshall ran in the wrong direction
Although a comical moment that you’d find glorified in bloopers reels, it’s easy to see how embarrassed Marshall was. It was the worst play between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers that involved the defender Marshall who grabbed the loose fumble right after a completed pass.
He ran towards the end zone for 66 yards on that fateful day on October 25, 1964, throwing the ball on the sideline upon reaching the end zone. Blaming a mental lapse, he ran in the wrong direction. It cost Vikings two points but won the game anyway with 27-22.
Redskins’ zero points in a championship game
It was simply known as 73-0, a match between Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins that happened on December 8, 1940, on a sellout Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Bears controlled 100% of the game with the infamous T-formation.
The Bears had 11 touchdowns, resulting to a one-sided victory in history. It was a rematch since the Redskins had defeated the Bears in the regular season with a 7-3 score, three weeks earlier.
George Preston Marshall, an owner of Redskins, said that the Bears are crybabies and quitters during an interview. George Halas, the Bears head coach, showed the clip with Marshall’s comments to his team. Indeed, the rest is history.
The 73 points still hold the record of most scores in a match, regular or postseason. It is also the largest margin of victory to date. The 1940 championship win of the Bears is also dubbed as one of the ten games that mattered.
Eugene Robinson as Man of the Year
This one’s cringe-worthy because it involves a football player who supposedly best exemplifies excellent leadership and character on and off the court or the Bart Starr Award. The guy was Eugene Robinson.
The night before Super Bowl XXXIII game, Atlanta Falcons’ safety was arrested for attempting to solicit a prostitute. In a modern twist of event, the prostitute was an undercover cop. The fact that he left his W-I-F-E in the team hotel on the night of his arrest.
Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction
Fans look forward to Super Bowl half-time shows—they prepared for it. But no one was quite prepared when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake took over the stage of Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Whether intentional or accidental, Timberlake tore Jackson’s clothes, exposing her breast and the nipple shield. The artists downplayed the issue by calling it a ‘wardrobe malfunction’, but the media called it a planned publicity stunt. It was referred to as the Nipplegate in mainstream media.
Instead of focusing on New England Patriots’ win against the Carolina Panthers, it was shifted on the event and the countless complaints after that. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) conducted a crackdown on indecent displays within the entertainment industry. The FCC fined the CBS a fine amounting to $550,000.