Football players and coaches like Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid say dumb stuff all the time–and that’s okay.
They’re not paid millions to be eloquent speakers and give speeches. But they do get paid to win football games.
All humans, even geniuses, say dumb things from time to time. But since nuclear physicists don’t have every one of their statements dissected by millions of people, no one hears their gaffes.
However, the world has heard the gaffe Andy Reid made following the Chiefs win over the Detroit Lions:
“Not all of Mozart’s paintings were perfect!” Reid roared. “The end result, though, is that sucker’s gonna sell for a million dollars!”
Mozart, revered as one of history’s greatest composers, was not known for his paintings.
That one will be a classic that Reid will likely hear about for years to come. But where does it rank among other notable blunders?
While it was impressive, it doesn’t crack the top ten:
The all-time-great Redskins QB will never be allowed to forget about Albert Einstein’s twin, Norman–because he doesn’t exist:
“Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”
He later tried to defend the gaffe claiming he was referring to an old high school friend.
“Don’t say I don’t get along with my teammates. I just don’t get along with some of the guys on my team.”
But are they not teammates, T.O.?
So, you are happy the team sucks?
“I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football, the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.”
Yes, Mr. President. Whatever you say, Mr. President.
Jones probably wasn’t the only college athlete thinking it, but he might have been the only one dumb enough to say it:
“Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.”
While it didn’t seem like it then, he hasn’t done half-bad for himself. And believe it or not, he did graduate from Ohio State.
Taylor, describing the autobiography he was going to write, said:
“It’s going to be about me.”
Giggle at your own expense because making fun of L.T. may be hazardous to your health.
Polk had this to say in praise of former coach John Jenkins:
“He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings.”
It may be common now, but back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it wasn’t a common thing.
“Hawaii doesn’t win many games in the United States.”
But where is Hawaii, Mr. Corso?
Williams had this to say after Auburn teammate Ronnie Brown got picked before him in the 2005 NFL Draft:
“He might’ve won the war, but the battle’s not over.”
Yes, he did Cadillac. Yes, he did.
“I have two weapons; my arms, my legs, and my brain.”
Just shake your head because it’s all you can do.
We will call this one an honorable mention since some claim it didn’t happen–former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams was supposedly asked before the Super Bowl in 1988:
“So, Doug, how long have you been a black quarterback?”
So, don’t sweat it, Andy Reid, because a lot of guys have said a whole lot worse.