Fox Sports is known for their very opinionated on-air personalities. Skip Bayless is known for his insane love of the Dallas Cowboys. Doug Gottlieb gives very controversial takes about athletes and doubles down on them for his own enjoyment. And then, there's Colin Cowherd, arguably the snarkiest figure in sports media. Many viewers can't stand to hear his opinions with his trademark "know-it-all" attitude. But perhaps Cowherd is most known for his ridiculous hate towards certain athletes.
So, we decided to rank Cowherd's top five most hated athletes.
5. Dak Prescott
When it comes to polarizing players in the NFL, no one fits the bill more than Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. While he's a good passer, many aren't too fond of him potentially setting the quarterback market in terms of money. That's understandable, but Colin Cowherd takes things to ridiculous levels. Yes, we're talking about his "Dis or Dak" segment, where he reveals which quarterback he would take over Prescott. Those signal callers include Jared Goff, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, Josh Allen and Sam Darnold. Can you tell that Cowherd isn't a fan of Dak? Sheesh.
4. Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow is coming off one of the greatest season of any quarterback in college football history. If you watched Burrow in LSU games this past year, you can see that he's a special signal caller. But leave it to Cowherd to not believe in the youngster's potential. While he stressed that Burrow's "a good prospect," he became infuriated with the hype. Cowherd said the now-Cincinnati Bengals passer has "an average arm" and "struggled in his junior season at LSU." In fact, the Fox Sports talking head went as far to suggest that the Bengals should trade the first-overall pick in this year's NFL Draft because he believes that Burrow isn't going to help lead the team to long-term success. We can't wait to hear Cowherd try to downplay Burrow's impressive performances in his rookie year.
3. James Harden
If you've watched episodes of "The Herd," you quickly realized that Cowherd is no fan of Houston Rockets superstar James Harden. Even though Cowherd says Harden is one of the better one-on-one players in the NBA, he doesn't view him as a difference maker. Who could forget during the 2019 Playoffs, when Cowherd tweeted that Harden "needs officials to have a great night"? Yeah, he doesn't like Harden one bit. While many can agree that Harden does have a tendency to disappear during important games, Cowherd takes things to the next level by saying Harden will never win an NBA title in his career. Imagine the crow Cowherd will have to eat once Harden does secure basketball's prestigious championship. That will be fun to watch.
2. John Wall
Ever since John Wall was drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2010, Colin Cowherd let it be known that he didn't like him. First off, Cowherd explained that he didn't like Wall's doing "the Dougie" during pre-game warmups in his very first home game as a Wizard. But then, Cowherd took things to unnecessary lengths by claiming that Wall isn't a strong leader because of his lack of a father figure. The thing is, Wall's father passed away from cancer when he was a young child. Despite receiving deserved criticism for this take, Cowherd continued to decry Wall's talent over the years, including when he claimed that the Wizards point guard had no star power back in 2017. While Cowherd has since apologized for his comments about Wall's father, the damage has already been done.
1. Baker Mayfield
Of course, the list culminates with Cowherd's worst enemy in Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Once Mayfield was selected with the first-overall pick in 2018, Cowherd immediately went on the attack, saying the former Oklahoma Sooner had "marginal size and athleticism." That critique caused Mayfield to reply to Cowherd on Twitter, and created the biggest rivalry in sports media. Mayfield even appeared on "The Herd" to defend himself, while also making Cowherd look like a fool. It's known that the Browns signal caller marches to the beat of his own drum, but the Fox Sports personality can't stand it. Hence, it created a petty beef that still continues to this day.