“When Bud Adams stole our team to go to Nashville, I stopped watching football for the next decade,” revealed an Oilers fan. This is an entirely justifiable take considering the manner in which Adams uprooted the Houston Oilers’ franchise. In short, he wanted a new stadium in Texas’ biggest city but they said no. So he tore away their team and turned them into the Tennessee Titans.
Revisionism wants people to blame the Houston populace and paints Adams as being without fault. But he already threatened to drag the franchise to Jacksonville if Houston didn’t upgrade the Astrodome. He remains one of the city’s most hated figures because of the manner in which he removed a part of their identity. It embarrassed the NFL and is a shameful part of NFL history.
“With no doubt in my mind, Orlovsky stepping out the back of the end zone,” replied a Detroit Lions fan with a sigh. The former Lions’ quarterback embarrassed his fanbase with a real facepalm moment in 2008. This was during their winless season which we have already address. While the season as an entity humiliated this once grand franchise, Orlovsky provided a moment that summed it up.
The Vikings’ Jared Allen effectively chased him out of the endzone for a safety in one of the worst plays in Lions and NFL history. It mortified long-suffering Detroit fans and made them the brunt of many jokes. Furthermore, Orlovsky struggled to shake off this moment as it became a part of his legacy. Unfortunately, such a high-profile mistake is very difficult to erase from people’s memories.
We’ve made it the whole way through this list without a single Dallas Cowboys moment but that changes now. Here’s two in one, courtesy of Leon Lett. The defensive tackle had a unique ability to stumble at the worst times. He embarrassed his franchise in the most hilarious manner. “Probably the Leon Lett slide in the Snowbowl vs Miami,” agrees a Cowboy fan. “That was following the infamous Lett fumble in the Super Bowl the season prior.”
These two moments are amongst the most memorable mistakes in NFL history. Lett can point to the fact that ultimately neither of his high-profile errors mattered. He won the Super Bowl in both seasons and even added a third ring. But they were so ridiculous that it’s impossible to forget about them. Lett was the perfect player to define the chaos that comes with ‘America’s Team.’