To be honest with you, I never really thought this list would be possible. Flopping? In football? American football? “Ridiculous,” I would have said in 1990…if I weren’t just a kid. But alas, unless you’ve been living under a rock (and that rock doesn’t have the NFL Network), you know that flopping has become a major “concern” in the NFL and NCAA over the last few years.
This has to stop. So I’m going to do my part by shaming players who do it. Got that, Andrew Luck? You feel me, Clay Matthews? If you don’t want to see yourselves on lists like this, stop acting like you’re playing in La Liga and start acting like grown men. Okay? Great.
Now, let’s get on with the list ‘o shame…
Come on, Browns. It's bad enough you're the Browns. Do you have to do stuff like this, too? The poor fans thought they'd seen their last embarrassing flops when LeBron left town back in 2010.
21. Joe Thomas Goes Down
Okay, maybe Tarell Brown isn't flopping here. Maybe the block just caused him to lose his footing. But maybe not. And even still, dude, you're a football player. You've got to be more sturdy on your feet than that.
20. Tarell Brown's Semi-Flop
The best thing about this one is that Rivers actually started this confrontation. Cox rushing, and then after making the throw Rivers got in his face. Then he was like, uh oh, I'm in over my head. I'd better his the deck.
19. Silly Philip
Look guys, I know the Pro Bowl is stupid and pointless. Nobody even wants this thing to exist anymore. But that's no reason to go out and embarrass yourselves. Just play your flag football game, then go hand out on the beach.
18. Pro Bowl Diving
Apparently there was some confusion as to who, exactly, Tom Coughlin wanted to take a dive. So two guys suddenly experience severe cramping.
Come on guys, communicate out there!
17. Giants Down!
No. 5 Damian Swann is like, "dude, coach says we need to slow them down." So Tristan Askew was like, "yo dog, I got this."
16. Bulldog Down
What? We're not ready? Ow, my foot! My foot! A sudden, inexplicable, 30-second pain!
15. Silly Cal
The NFL actually fined Sanders and the Steelers for this one last year. Sanders got a $15,000 bill, and the team got one for $35,000.
Start fining teams $250,000 a pop, and maybe this problem will be stamped out.
14. Emanuel Sanders
Mr. O'Donnell here has been watching too much ballet, I think.
Of course, this isn't just a problem at Miami. It's going on elsewhere, too...
13. Punters Are Hilarious
At least the Miami punter spun around. This guy just keeps his leg stiff and falls backwards. What a doofus.
12. Another Thespian
What has become of linebackers? Could you imagine Dick Butkus taking a dive like that? Or Jack Lambert? Or Jack Ham? Because I couldn't.
11. Packer Actor
Vickerson definitely went out of his way to bump into Andrew Luck here. So, on one level, he only has himself to blame.
On another level, though, he can definitely blame Luck for falling over like a baby and drawing a penalty.
In the end, I guess everyone's to blame. But Luck comes out looking like the biggest jackass.
10. Andrew Luck Hits the Deck
Apparently Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly just doesn't know his own strength.
9. Flying Bill
Here's another case where both guys are to blame. Andy Mulumba didn't have to make contact, but instead makes sure to hit Stafford while pretending to avoid him. Then Matt Stafford tries to embellish the contact to draw a roughing the passer penalty.
So, yeah, they're both a couple of turds.
8. Stafford Down!
Ow! Oh! Oooo. My anklefootleg...it's hurting...aaaah... Hey, wait, now it feels better. Okay, see ya, ref.
7. Miracle Healing
You gotta give Matt Hasselbeck some credit here. He doesn't just flop. Afterward, he tried to sell by feigning outrage.
At least he really commits to his buffoonery.
Rams receiver Tavon Austin takes "flopping" a little too literally. He thinks you really have to flop down and pretend like you're dead.
5. Tavon Austin, what are you doing?
Have you ever seen someone sprain a knee just standing there? Well, you still haven't.
4. Tiger Down!
What goes around comes around, Mr. Hawk.
3. Karma Sucks, A.J. Hawk
You gotta love the guy's reaction here. He's like, oh come one, man.
2. Lightest NFL Player of All-Time
This guy is a third generation NFL player. His grandfather, dad, and uncle must be so proud.