Today I would like to know who is the most disliked rival player and why. This can be any player from past and present from one of our three conference rivals. The Denver Broncos were the number one overall rival as a team in a series I did a while back. The final poll was:
Denver Broncos: 52% with 94 votes
Oakland Raiders: 37% with 67 votes
San Diego Chargers: 10% with 19 votes
Below I'm going to throw out a few names of players in the past and present that have given all of us Chiefs fans fits. These players dont have to meet any certain criteria, just someone from the enemy that you couldn't stand, you wouldn't even like him if he came and played for the Chiefs. If there is anyone I have left off please tell me who and why in the comments.
What a better way to start this off than Bill Romanowski. He was officially our enemy with both the Broncos and Raiders. Spending time with the Broncos first 1996-2001 then moving on to the Raiders for years 2002 and 2003. Notoriously dirty the one tidbit stands out is of course what he did to Tony Gonzalez:
Two years later, while still with the Broncos, he was fined a total of $42,500 for three illegal hits plus a punch thrown at Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, and was also fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a football at Bryan Cox of the New York Jets, the ball hitting him in the crotch area.
I have a strong feeling that Romanowski will get a significant amount of votes in poll below.
That is 100% correct, I posted this picture because I can't stand to look at his face. Shannon Sharpe is by far the biggest Broncos homer on the planet. Sharpe had two stints with the Broncos the first running 1990-1999 and after a short (and welcomed departure from the AFC West) he returned in 2002 and hung it up in 2003.
Unfortunately for the majority of us, we are still tortured by Sharpe on Sundays. Its a rule that on Sundays in my household either the channel gets muted or changed to NFLN when Sharpe comes on. I refuse to watch Fox pregame but the moment his voice comes on I know its either "Broncos this" or "Chiefs suck" that.
Please feel free to write in the comment section if you are a Chiefs fan and actually like Sharpe. I will immediately print this post and save the paper to start a fire with once the season starts.
I like nothing about this individual. I hope his light's go out in San Diego in the near future (tomorrow if not today) and he moves to Tibet. The little dance he does after a sack is annoying just like anything that pertains to the Chargers, but recently with all his drama and roiding I have to say I'm glad he gives the Chargers a negative imagine.
We may see him stick around for a few more seasons with the Chargers but eventually the wheels are falling off in San Diego and he will be gone. Unfortunately it will be the Raiders that will pick him up and we will have to watch him "highlighted" before every game.
Honestly I don't like Rivers because he is good, he plays for the Chargers, and yeah he is good. Rivers may not get many votes in the poll but I would expect there are a few APers on here that just cant stand him. Ive seen the funny pictures posted, I heard the nicknames now lets see where he ranks.
(Not-So) Honorable Mentions
John Elway Broncos starting QB from 1983-1998. Growing up he was always top of my list, because of his improbable comebacks, winning the Superbowl twice, and always having that little grin on his face even after he threw an interception. Watching #7 get sacked by Derrick Thomas was a Superbowl in my household.
Steve Atwater The "Assassin" played High School ball in St. Louis Missouri. Playing for the Broncos from 1989-1998 Atwater won 2 Superbowls and was voted to the NFL 1990's All-Decade Team, and 8 Pro-Bowls.
Jack Tatum Also known as the "Assassin" played for the Raiders from 1971-1979. Tatum is the epitomy of John Madden's Raiders. He actually paralyzed Darryl Stingley in a pre-season game and made no attempt to apologize for the incident.
For the sake of space I'm going to end the list here. I know there are many more out there that we as Chiefs fans hated to see on the field on Sundays. Whether they were dirty, cheap, annoying, or just good there is a certain of thanks I give to all these guys for the simple fact they make this rivalry that much better. When our Chiefs were able to beat these teams and players its makes our victory that more sweet.
So there you have it AP, let me know who I forgot or left off the list in the comments!
Who is the player you would consider our most dis-liked rival?
Bill Romanowski (40 votes)
Shannon Sharpe (34 votes)
Shawne Merriman (10 votes)
Philip Rivers (34 votes)
John Elway (67 votes)
Steve Atwater (0 votes)
Jack Tatum (3 votes)
Someone Else (9 votes)
197 total votes