Strangest ’16 Offseason Stories: #6-#5

If you’re shooting yourself in the foot (literally or metaphorically), you may be part of last season’s bizarre NFL offseason. Lets review two of our Strangest Moments.

6) The Revenge of Billy Football

CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

At the end of the 2016 NFL season, we enjoyed the legendary tale involving the unsurprising demise of Believeland and the birth of Billy Football. If you don’t know the story of how Johnny Manziel was placed in the concussion protocol and flew the coop to Las Vegas wearing a ridiculous disguise and going by the alias “Billy” you should read about it somewhere. After his overdue release from the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Football went on an improbable run of debauchery in the 2016 Offseason. Honestly the list is so epic I couldn’t even try to tell you about each individual incident. But it includes: wrecking two cars, being sued by a real estate company for destroying a rental house (with drug use), going to court for domestic violence, being suspended for four games for that crime, being seen a million times wasted by TMZ, to promising several dozen times he was making a comeback while standing outside a nightclub. By last summer, Johnny looked…well scrawny. The former college star recently admitted he was “lost in the sauce” and he wants to give it another go. By now, Canada might be the only place willing to take a hurricane of that proportion.

5) Aquib Talib Shoots Himself

SAN JOSE, CA – FEBRUARY 01: Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos addresses the media at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade at SAP Center on February 1, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon Henderson/Getty Images)

We’ve all heard the phrase shooting yourself in the foot. Well when it comes to the NFL, players sometimes literally do this. Of course we all remember the tragic. self-inflicted end of Plaxico Burress’ days with the New York Giants when he shot himself in the leg in a New York nightclub because his locked n’ loaded gun fell down his elastic sweatpants. So the concept isn’t new or unique to the league. However, Denver Bronco cornerback Aquib Talib thought he’d join the club. Talib, who was once charged with a gun related crime in Texas when he was with the Buccaneers, grazed his own leg with a self-inflicted gun shot last offseason. The strangest part though is that nobody was exactly sure of when or why this happened. Talib gave conflicting reports to the police of the gun either going off in a nightclub or in an abandoned park. He also later admitted he was highly intoxicated at the time. Either way Talib was discussed for receiving a potential suspension for the incident, but nothing has ever come of this. It seems as if the loose cannon has dodged a bullet this time…even when he actually didn’t.