Keyshawn Most Hated?

December 20th, 2015
Hard to believe former Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson was most hated in team history.

Hard to believe former Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson was most hated in team history.

Some website out there has a list of most hated players in the history of every NFL franchise.

The list is cool but a bit surprising for the Bucs.

Something called compiled a list of the most loathed and ornery player from each NFL team, typed by Jake Shearman. For the Bucs, he chose Keyshawn Johnson.

Some may say Warren Sapp deserves the nod here, but I don’t think too many will argue with Keyshawn taking the title as most hated Buccaneer of all-time. Keyshawn Johnson was one of the early examples of a true prima donna wide receiver, something we have just gotten used to, at this point. To give you an idea of the kind of player he was, he wrote an autobiography titled, “Just Give Me the Damn Ball.” He was disliked by every team he suited up for and is remembered much more for his arrogance than as a great wide receiver. A lot of people think he is overatted even, and no, he isn’t that much better as a commentator either.

Yeah, Joe kind of agrees that Sapp was the most hated. Keyshawn, not so much. Fans of other teams didn’t like him, but it wasn’t like he put guys in the hospital like Sapp did (not that Sapp tried to).

Joe is a bit shocked this writer didn’t select Gerald McCoy. The way so many Bucs fans want to geld him, GMC may go down as a player Bucs fans hate more than Sabby the Goat or Myron Lewis. Combined!

23 Responses to “Keyshawn Most Hated?”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    Keyshawn is up there, Inside the locker room he will win hands down!!! He did not even get along with Brad Johnson which led to Brad freezing Key out of the offense which finally led to John Gruden stepping and fighting with Key on TV then suspending him. ( hopefully Joe will follow up with this story as he hinted)

    I would put Josh Freeman as very high on my list, Anyone that lied like he did, Tried to bring down the whole franchise for his mistakes and never apologized to the fans that supported him and the last hand full of sheep that still do!!! Most hated would definitely be JFro-6pak!!!!!!

  2. No better way to say it Says:

    I can see Key being the most hated.. He talked a lot but was average maybe slightly above average as a WR.

  3. Lovie Is Dog Poo Says:

    Josh Freeman is the only choice. At least Keyshawn contributed to a title. If Freeman had his way we would have lost multiple draft picks because he was a drug addicted loser. No debate, it’s Freeman.

  4. Couch Fan Says:

    I agree Freeman is the only Ex Buc I cant stand

  5. Waterboy Says:

    Keyshawn is probably the most hated by Bucs fans where as Sapp was the most hated by opposing team’s fans.

  6. Jfgobucs Says:

    Player that hurt us the most….


  7. Leighroy Says:

    what about Dilfer!?!?

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Keyshawn all the way…for Tampa fans. He was a cancer. Sapp was NEVER a locker room cancer.

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    I can’t argue your point there!

  10. orlbucfan Says:

    Hey Joe, I hear ya regarding GMC.I like the red dye in his hair. Bucs have set so many records losing that I have no clue who the most hated player would be. Keyshawn is definitely an egomaniac and a gas bag. Whatever. Go Bucs!!

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Free for me, for obvious reasons.

  12. Mike10 Says:

    Confused here. Is this a list of most hated players by their own fanbase or the rest of the league?

    Hated by us? Probably Key, just because of the way he went out. He gave up on the team mid season and was the beginning of our post-SB decline that’s lead to where we are today.

    I do appreciate the GMC reference tho- getting that Tom Brady money baby!

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Hate a player that helped bring us our first and only Super Bowl win?


  14. ne fl buc Says:

    I heard when he had his car parked by a valet Keyshawn never gave the valet a tip. All that money and would not help this poor kids.

  15. Espo Says:

    Bo Jackson told us he wouldn’t sign and we drafted him anyways. Riddle me that! I don’t hate him for it.

    Meshawn was a locker room cancer. He deserves the nod.

    Sapp is the greatest Buc. More so than 55, simply because he’s closest to the ball. You don’t rewrite a game plan around a linebacker.

  16. lightningbuc Says:

    While talented, I hate having an alleged who I believe is guilty (i’m entitled to my opinion, just as you are to yours) on the team. Thus, he’s my most hated. And please spare me the “he was never charged” crap. I’m sure you believe OJ didn’t kill Nicole either.

  17. DooshLaRue Says:

    I would have said Freeman but Joe really has me hating on GMC right now with all his crybaby “leave him alone sh!t”
    I know Joe………I’m so misguided.

  18. Miguel Grande Says:

    Knowing what we now know about JW, do you still think that girl was in the same class as him and did not know who he was???

    6’5″ and a goofball extrovert personality doesn’t just disappear in a college class room. She knew exactly who and what he is. Girls do talk among themselves.

    Looks like she was the stalker and he was her victim.

  19. Chris Says:

    I agree wholeheartedly about his attitude, but everyone saying here that Keyshawn was overrated is way off. How many tough 3rd downs did he convert for us? Tough catches, over the middle, big hits. He kept their defense on the field, and gave our boys extra rest. D definitely carried those teams, but without Key’s offensive production, I don’t think we win that superbowl.

  20. quickdrw21 Says:

    I don’t think GMC is hated. Actually he is a great guy. I have seen him out and about and he’s all smiles. What drives us crazy is he is all or nothing. It’s a sack game followed by 4 ghost games. That’s what has fans screaming.

  21. Sick of Lovie Says:


    Dont forget McCardell and Jurevicius. We had a pretty stout WR corps on that Super Bowl run

  22. Chris Says:

    Sick, I definitely agree. Jurevicus provided some big plays, and McCardell contributed as well, however Key was the workhorse. Also, Gruden did a brilliant job creating favorable matchups with him. When we absolutely needed that 3rd and 7, you just knew Johnson could pick it up.

  23. White Tiger Says:

    I think this is hilarious – neither of Sapp, nor Meshawn ever really cared for fans – both of them got rings here, and both of them got paid for winning rings here…somewhere else.

    I can’t bring myself to fault Sapp on the field – the guys WE LOVED – loved this guy. He came in with the original crew, listened to Dungy, and together with Brooks, Lynch, and Ronde became LEGENDS in something the world now calls “The TAMPA-Two! So, I have to agree with this from the aspect that while most of Sapp’s teammates LOVED ‘QBkilla’ – the same CANNOT be said for the player dubbed “MEshawn”!

    Ironically, he was hated by Sapp, as well as the people of Tampa Bay.

    He wouldn’t have won HIS Super Bowl without Gruden, he showed his gratitude by seeking an even better payday by disrespecting Gruden AND Tampa Bay fans – by pretending his exit was personal (we all knew it wasn’t). MEshawn was just looking for a way out of another contract – and if he had to trash the coach that got him a Super Bowl ring – he would. The day this horses @rse crossed the field to shake hands with an opposing coach – cinched our hatred for him.

    As a matter of fact – the 620 moron and MEshawn had a real close relationship. Quite a few kids were influenced by the weekly “Moron Radio Hour” where one dog publicly licked the @rse of another for a couple of hours. This led to an entire generation of moron fans who thought superbowls and Super Bowl winning coaches – grew on trees…resulting in the firing of the best coach and ONLY Super Bowl winning coach – in franchise history…but that’s a story for another day.

    I did love Gru’s response to MEshawn’s stunt – benching his “star” possession receiver until the front office realized it was paying another malcontent has-been to ride the pine. What was even better: the shocked look on MEshawn’s face when he realized he wouldn’t get any more chances to show his @rse on TV. He actually thought Gruden would agree to get rid of him immediately. Instead ol’ Gru just let him twist in the wind until the front office finally decided to cut him down and put ol’ MEshawn out of his misery.

    Ultimately, Sapp seemed to mellow – spending the rest of your career counting your DOLLADOLLABILZ…in obscurity in the blackhole of Oakland – as a 3/4 nose tackle no less – will have that affect on you. So Sapp got to come back home to retire, beloved by us all, eventually taking his rightful place next to his friend Derrick Brooks, in Tampa’s ring of honor.

    MEshawn-the-merc eventually wore out his welcome underwhelming in Dallas, and ultimately in Carolina. By that time no one cared how he “used to do it at USC”.

    Nope, by that time he ended up on the wrong side of yet ANOTHER powerful head coach -who eventually got even for ol’ Superbowl Gruden. After jogging thru the 2006 season under John Fox in Carolina – Foxy had the last laugh on MEshawn: John Fox let him run his mouth to the world as an on-set talent during the 2007 NFL Draft. MEshawn bragged about passing the torch to yet another “phenom” WR from USC with an attitude – MEshawn said he “couldn’t WAIT” to take the young USC under his wing and tutor him to become a great NFL WR…”

    …only Foxy called MEshawn to tell him not to bother coming back to Carolina: turns out that after hearing MEshawn’s continual bragging – Foxy decided the rookie already had a big enough head, and really didn’t need anything MEshawn mouth was selling.

    While we wouldn’t have had a Superbowl without him, he was just a merc.

    I’d say the article is DEADLY accurate.