You can’t win them all, right? Or so we’ve all been told at one time or another. Some NFL fans may handle a loss with grace and dignity…while others, well, not so much.
When it comes to the NFL, without a doubt some fans are sore losers if their team doesn’t come out on top. Especially if they’re betting on a game, the chances of them accepting that loss with grace may be slim to none. People don’t like to lose, and they especially don’t like to lose money!
But which NFL team is known the most for its sore losers? To determine the sorest losers in the league, we surveyed more than 2,000 NFL fans from around the country.
Which NFL Fans are the Sorest Losers?
America’s Team is also America’s Sorest Losers. Fans of the Dallas Cowboys rank first when it comes to being sore losers, according to football fans. It can be hard to accept a loss, especially when you’ve won 5 of 8 Super Bowl appearances and have won 10 Conference Championships. Although the team hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 1996, even in 2022, fans don’t like it when The Boys lose.
If you think fans of the Patriots tend to be sore losers when they lose, you’d be right. They rank second for sorest losers behind the Cowboys. Fans of the team with the most Super Bowl appearances are likely to be anguished when the Pats don’t leave the field with a W, even though the Brady-Belichick era is over.
Rounding out the top five sorest losers are fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers.
How do you know if you’re a sore loser? Well, if you’ve ever gotten physically upset after a poor team performance, chances are you’re not going to be known for handling losses well. 25% of respondents admit to becoming physically upset after a loss. Slamming hands on furniture, storming out of a room, punching a couch or a pillow, throwing the remote or any sort of object, or punching the wall are all signs that you might be a sore loser.
Losses don’t exclusively elicit physical reactions, it can impact people in the professional world, too. One in 10 say they can’t focus at work due to being distracted by their team’s loss.
Sorest Losers: Quarterbacks and Coaches
You didn’t think we’d forget to look at team quarterbacks and coaches, did you? Those important play-callers and play-makers don’t always handle a loss well, and sometimes those poor reactions are captured on national television.
Either you’re surprised (or you’re not) but the number one sorest loser among QBs is Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer is a winner and he’s known for his incredible arm and ability to make a comeback, but when that comeback doesn’t happen he may not be the most graceful loser. Although no longer his coach, Bill Belichick of The Patriots also comes in at number one for the coach that’s the sorest loser. Again, when all you do is win win win no matter what, it’s hard to accept the inevitable loss.
Aaron Rodgers has had quite the season, and can now add “ranks #2 for sorest losers” to his accolades. A hero to many Green Bay Packers fans, a sore loser to many others.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott comes in at number three for QB sorest losers, while Cowboys’ coach Mike McCarthy ranks second among coaches who are sore losers.
Also among the top five for sorest QB losers is Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns) and Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers).
The other coaches who rank as sorest losers are John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens), Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks), and Bruce Arians (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Whether you win or lose, remember it’s just a game. And no matter what happens… there’s always next season.
In January 2022, we surveyed 2,008 self-reporting National Football League fans from around the country. 50% of respondents were male and 50% were female. The average age of respondents was 38 years old.
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