The above heading is an oft repeated quip about the men on the football field whose sole tasks include prancing downfield, breaking away from their defender or finding a hole in the defensive zone, and catching the football. For whatever reason, they love love LOVE to start drama. No one was better at it than the currently-unemployed duo of Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson.
Two men are doing their best to join their ranks though–both are in their first seasons with a new team after spending the bulk of their careers with one team. And both are talking trash on those former teams.
First up, Wes Welker. Peyton Manning’s newest weapon in Denver spoke out in a Sports Illustrated interview about the dictatorship that he was able to escape from in New England.
“It was just kind of hard,” Welker told the magazine, “one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him. … But he does it to everybody. It’s the way he is.”
Since joining the Broncos, Welker said he feels like he can be himself, express more of his inner-Diva without the same repercussions that he experienced in New England (like the time he made some foot-fetish related comments about New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and was benched for the first series in a playoff game), but–oddly–it’s still something he’s working on.
“When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” Welker said. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”
A bit, I guess. But Divas will be Divas.
Then there’s new Minnesota Vikings wide out Greg Jennings who literally hasn’t stopped running his mouth about the Green Bay Packers since he signed with the team’s NFC North rival. It’s almost frightening, and may be something that he needs to get checked out–this obsession could turn into a real sickness if it isn’t addressed quickly. Leslie Fraizer, Jennings’ new head coach, has already asked him to keep the Packer talk to a minimum after he called into question the leadership qualities of Aaron Rodgers, but Jennings ignored that order when he went on KFAN radio on Wednesday and talked about being brainwashed by the Packers organization.
“One of the things that drew me to coming over here was the makeup of the team. When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed. There’s no ‘kind of’ to it. Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think anyone in the division is tiers below,” Jennings said. “It’s like everything that you know in Green Bay is like the best, the best, the best, the best, the best. And it’s like total brainwashing. And I think you don’t open your eyes to see what other teams have to offer unless you are in that position, and I was afforded this position.”
He would later go through a very typical Diva-like mood swing and praise the work of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
“You want the truth?” he said. “McCarthy, he really is mindful of–and this isn’t saying Coach Frazier isn’t–but McCarthy is one of those guys that he really looks at his team and he evaluates, ‘OK, what do we need to cut back today, what do we need to implement today because I want a fresh team. I want to get quality work versus quantity.’ And that’s the biggest difference being a veteran guy and seeing what we are doing. We are pushing through everything, working hard every single day, which is always great to work out, but at the same time, you’ve got to give and take a little bit.”
After the interview, Jennings rushed to the nearest restroom to change his tampon before leaving the studio to return to
Packers Vikings camp.