With Super Bowl 50 just around the corner, now would be the perfect time to reflect on 14 biggest NFL scandals of all time. Super Bowl’s gold anniversary will be celebrated in Santa Clara, California in a matchup between Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. This will be a duel between age and youth – between Peyton Manning, who has broken almost every quarterback record during his stellar career and Cam Newton, who will likely be the quarterback superstar for years to come, and this season’s most likely MVP. Both teams will certainly give their best in this last and most important push of the excruciating and painful season. After one wins the Super Bowl, however, all bad that has happened throughout the season will be instantly forgotten. The question is: “Who’s hungrier?” Is it Manning in his twilight days to whom this win could be a fairytale farewell (even though he has another year to his contract), or Newton who will want to show what a commanding presence he is, even at the age of 26?
But enough about the upcoming Super Bowl – we’re here for another topic. With National Football League being present for almost a full century, certain scandals and unwanted behavior from all sides involved in this beautiful story were to be expected. There have been many indiscretions of all kinds over the years – whether those were bad referee calls, player or coach misdemeanors, ownership controversies, and even murders and league executives’ controversies. All subjects of the NFL have had their share of troubles controlling themselves, but players were the ones most often criticized. It’s impossible to create the list of 15 biggest NFL scandals of all time without including a few of them committed exclusively by individuals associated with the game. We have, however, decided to include some still ongoing controversies like concussion cover-up which has been a debate during the recent years. All in all, we hope to give you an all-around list of NFL scandals that haven’t only shaken the game itself, but the very foundations of sports in general. At least, some of them have.
Many NFL players have been accused and/or found guilty of various prohibited substance abuses. While it would be impossible to list all of those cases here, we certainly need to mention them. This isn’t only Football’s problem, but a blight upon sport overall. Here’s a list of top 11 running doping scandals of all time that proves this. Thanks to great many similar cases, no sport can be deemed clean, and no competition can be treated the same with certainty anymore.