Imagine any kind of a scandal that could tear apart a man's legacy as thoroughly as Roger Clemens' has been torn apart over the past couple of months. We don't have to operate under the questionable assumption that steroid accusations would have as big of an effect on NFL players as they have on MLB players.
It could be any kind of a scandal; anything that would be national news and do irreparable damage to a man's reputation.
To whom in the NFL would you like to see that happen? Who would you like to see become the NFL's version of Roger Clemens?
The choices are below, and I make a case for each after the jump.
Choose one NFL player's image to be tarnished and shredded:
First, let's note that guys with already severely tarnished images aren't eligible. Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, Shawne Merriman ... they've already been disgraced. The candidates here have to be relatively clean, at least decent players, and somewhat popular.
Brett Favre. This one might actually be impossible. Nationally, there might be something that could disgrace Favre (flags would probably be flown at half-mast that day), but even if Favre started eating babies, the people in Wisconsin would still say, "Oh, he's not such a bad guy. He just likes eating babies. Big deal. We all have our flaws."
Tom Brady. I don't know if it qualifies him as disgraced, but the whole "child out of wedlock" thing has put a chink in the "Brady is perfect" armor. So does the fact that he spends so much time around Rodney Harrison. Still, though, he's the NFL's Golden Boy, and I'm guessing that a lot of Pats haters would like to see him taken down a peg.
Peyton Manning. If something happened with Peyton, it might actually set a record for the most endorsements lost by any human being in the shortest amount of time. It's hard to envision Peyton doing anything other than sitting at home, watching Friends reruns, and drinking milk, though.
LaDainian Tomlinson. Deion Sanders has been trying to get this done for weeks now. I'm biased, but I sense that there's very little ill-will towards Tomlinson out there. At least, that was the case before the whole playoff thing.
Jon Kitna. Not a huge star, obviously, but his status as an ultra-religious guy would make the takedown a little bit more fun.
Kurt Warner. See above. This one, to me at least, would be a little more painful than seeing Kitna go down, though, since Warner's always been such a sweetheart of a man.
Donovan McNabb. Donovan McNabb plays in Philadelphia. I think he's suffered enough.
Eli Manning. This one's interesting. Again, like with his brother, it's hard to picture him doing anything too wild, but imagine it if he did. What if we learned tomorrow that Eli Manning's been shooting up dianabol since his rookie year, and he's murdered nine personal trainers who threatened to rat him out to the feds. That might be fun.
Tony Romo. His inclusion here is borderline, as I don't know if he's accomplished enough to qualify for this group, or for that matter, if his image is all that pristine. He also seems like too much of a normal guy to wish any serious ill-will upon.
Ben Roethlisberger. I think a vote here is wasted, because if you wait long enough, he's going to get in a motorcycle race with Kellen Winslow Jr. and seriously injure himself.