Teams that have cheated more than the Patriots
While the majority of sports teams find success without bending the rules, others break them from time to time either during games or off the field when no one’s watching.
This includes NFL teams.
And we’re not just talking about the New England Patriots, whose “Deflatgate” scandal drew national attention and made more headlines than the Kardashians this past season.
But if you’re expecting the Pats to top our list — you’re wrong. That’s because, believe it or not, there are a lot more teams in the NFL that have “cheated” as much, or more than New England.
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With that being said, here they are in order.
5. Indianapolis Colts — The Colts would never admit it, but they “sucked for Luck” in 2011. That’s right, although there is no “real” proof that Indy purposely tanked its entire season just to obtain another franchise quarterback, it’s pretty obvious. Number one. Indy had already given up on Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, whose season-ending neck surgery was thought to be career-ending, giving the Colts plenty of reason to allow Manning to become a free agent. Number two. The Colts had no real back up, and Stanford standout Andrew Luck was going to be the first overall pick of the ensuing NFL Draft. Do the math fans. It’s pretty convincing.
4. Baltimore Ravens —Who hasn’t forgotten Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis getting caught using antler spray to recover from injuries? Apparently the spray contained a chemical that was on the of substances banned by the NFL, making it illegal to use. Sure Ray we might buy that you didn’t know. But perhaps the Ravens biggest cheat never even happened. With the Ravens leading 34-31 with four seconds left, quarterback Joe Flacco was ready to do anything to prevent the 49ers’ Ted Ginn Jr. from scoring a last-second touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco, who was wearing a microphone that day, was heard telling teammates to come off the sideline and tackle Ginn, if need be. Of course, that never happened, but for the record Joe, the 49ers would have been awarded a touchdown had someone from the sideline interfered on the play.
3. San Francisco 49ers — While we would never deny the fact that 49ers receiver Jerry Rice was one of the greatest of all time to play the position, we won’t skirt the fact that he admitted using some sort of sticky substance on his gloves to help him haul in a few passes during his career. And although the use of such a substance was not uncommon among players of the time, using it was still against the rules. Sur Rice’s physical gifts is what really made him great, but one has to wonder if he would still be in the Hall of Fame had he never greased up the gloves. Finally, i n 2015, former San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana confessed that in the 80s, the team’s offensive lineman used to spray silicon on their shirts to make them slippery. Montana said they continued the practice until they “got caught.”
2. Pittsburgh Steelers — Okay, were probably going to upset a few Steelers fans here, but hey, you don’t get to six Super Bowl victories without at least bending a few rules along the way. And everyone knows that Pittsburgh has done so. Take for example when Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, “accidentally” got in the way of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones as he was making his way to the end zone on a kick return. Tomlin was fined for his actions, and the Steelers ultimately lost the game. Then there was the Steelers team doctor, who was indicted in 2012, for his long history of purchasing and illegally prescribing anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and painkillers to players from 1985 to 2007. Oh there are more times the Steelers cheated, but we think you get the drift.
1. Denver Broncos — What exactly landed the Denver Broncos atop our list? Well for starters, Denver has had the most players suspended for the use of performance enhancing drugs over the past decade. Twelve since 2003 to be exact. Then there is the case of the team’s director of video operations videotaping a portion of the San Francisco walk-through practice before a game between the two teams in London. Add to that, the three Bronco’s lineman who were caught using Vaseline on their arms to make it harder for Kansas City defenders to get a grip during their 1998 AFC divisional playoff victory, and that coach Mike Shanahan admitted in 2002 to hiring lip readers to steal signals, and yeah the Broncos are the real deal when it comes to cheating.
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