Who Were the Top Trolled NFL Players of Last Season?

Published 07/12/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (right) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) after a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL fans are often unforgiving. One slip up by a player is enough to tip off an avalanche of hate comments and troll posts on social media.


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Almost every NFL player has endured trolling on social media at some point of time in their career. But some players seem to be butt of the joke more often than others.

And unsurprisingly, these players are often among the best in the league. Trolling often stems team rivalries more than players actually not performing up to their standards.


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Action Network.com, a sports analytics and betting website recently conducted a research online to find the most trolled players from the 2020 NFL season.

The way they achieved to do this was by analyzing Instagram post about the athletes and “analyzing the rate of abusive sentiment.” The group analyzed the social media domain from May 2020 – May 2021. And Going by their findings, here’s some of the most trolled NFL athletes.

Tom Brady  – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

According to Action Network, 15.20% of the 4.8 million Instagram posts written about Tom Brady were negative in nature. Being the GOAT, Tom Brady understandably has a lot of naysayers as well.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 24: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates in the final seconds of their 31 to 26 win over the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field on January 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Despite winning the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady received a ton of hate on social media.

Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs

Of the 1,360,728 Instagram posts about the 2019 MVP Patrick Mahomes, roughly 141,516 posts were negative. That’s around 10.4% of total posts.

Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) yells before the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mahomes too has garnered his fair share of trolls given his meteoric rise ever since stepping into the league.

Aaron Donald – LA Rams

Aaron Donald is one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. A six-time All Pro the defensive tackle is sure-shot future Hall of Famer. But being that dominant often sees him being directed a lot of fan hate.


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Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (99) celebrates during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In about 141,412 posts about Aaron Donald, roughly 30,545 posts were negative in nature. That’s a staggering 21.6% of all posts.


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Drew Brees – Retired NFL quarterback

Despite being his last year in the league, Drew Brees was not sparred by NFL trolls. Of 766,454 posts made about the player approximately 106,537 were troll posts. That’s 13.9% of all posts. Not the ideal send off one would say.

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Which name were you surprised to not see on the list? Let us know in the comments below.


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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.