The two biggest trash-talkers among NFL quarterbacks are the Carolina Panthers‘ Cam Newton and the Los Angeles Chargers‘ Philip Rivers, according to a player survey conducted this season by ESPN’s NFL Nation.
Reporters polled 155 players to gauge their opinions on the league’s passers. Players were asked to identify their favorite rookie, the most overrated and the quarterback they would most like to sack.
While trash-talking isn’t always associated with quarterbacks, four of them received notable mention in the survey: Newton, Rivers, the Green Bay Packers‘ Aaron Rodgers and the New England Patriots‘ Tom Brady.
Newton occasionally has drawn the ire of opponents for elaborate touchdown celebrations, most notably Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson in 2015. Rivers has displayed a fiery on-field persona throughout his career, beginning with legendary screamfests with then-Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.
Note: The charts below feature the players who received the most votes in each category and excludes the many players who received few votes.
Brady has cultivated an even-keeled off-field countenance throughout his career, but it apparently changes when he steps on the field. “People don’t really know that,” said a player who voted for Brady.
In what might not have been a coincidence, 49 percent of the players polled said they want to sack Brady more than any other quarterback.
“Most of the time after a sack, you get a good picture with the quarterback on the ground next to you,” one player said. “That’s why I would love that.”
It was Cutler, however, who won the most derisive nod in the…