NFL training camp is here, meaning a new wave of pranks and absurdities are being actively perpetrated by grown men in order to break up the monotony of practices and playbook studying that comes with it. The following are the top 10 NFL training camp pranks ever pulled. Most were harmless, many were annoying. All, in their own way, were genius.
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10. Mike Golic's joke gone wrong
In 1992, then-Philadelphia Eagles lineman Mike Golic and the rest of the Eagles defensive line went to Walmart and bought squirt guns. They then bribed team security to lock the doors to the Eagles training camp dorm, and went room to room Super Soaking teammates one by one. It was going well, until wide receiver Frank Barnett jumped angrily out of his bed and collided with a desk, suffering a deep bruise on his thigh. "Man, did we ever hear about it from the coaches," Golic said.
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9. Tim Tebow gets monk'd
Ah, the good ol' days of Tebowmania. I don't care what anyone says, the wave of this weird phenomenon peaked with the monk-ification of Tebow's hair at the Broncos training camp in 2010, when the former UF Heisman winner was given a Fryer Tuck cut and had to practice in front of thousands of expectant fans. Good times? I submit they were.
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8. Tom Brady gets the goat
After shooting an...interesting photo spread for GQ in 2005 that included a photo of himself cradling a goat, Tom Brady arrived at training camp to an appreciative sight from his offensive line, who had all taped the image to their back for his first series of snaps. I
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7. Mike Alstott's treasure map
Fullback Mike Alstott exacted some revenge on rookie offensive tackle Chris Colmer, who in 2005 denied Alstott's request for Gatorade denied and responded with a drawn-out map illustrating how he could find the refrigerator himself. To this, Alstott responded by having the wheels taken off Colmer's car and hidden at a secret location. Alstott did, however, kindly leave Colmer a map illustrating where he could find said wheels.
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6. William Joseph pranks fans
New York Giants fans eagerly awaiting the end of Michael Strahan's 2012 summer holdout over contract negotiations became supremely excited to see him take the field at training camp. Only it wasn't Straha—it was William Joseph wearing Strahan's No. 92 jersey jogging onto the field. Womp womp.
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5. Joe Horn is scared of snakes
Joe Horn is deathly afraid of snakes. So you can imagine the messages his brain sent his body when he opened his bag to find a seven-foot boa contstrictor left by rookie wide receiver Anthony Collins. "I almost died," Horn said. "I hate snakes worse than flying."
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4. Brady gets glitter bombed
As a young understudy in the Patriots offense, Tom Brady once pulled a fast one on veteran quarterback Drew Bledsoe at training camp and locked his pads in his car and hid the keys. Bledsoe got even in a more insidious manner, plugging up the young quarterback's car AC with glitter. When Brady went to crank some cool air...glitter bombed.
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3. Kyle Orton autographs his own helmet
Back in 2005, rookie Bears quarterback Kyle Orton showed up at training camp and obliged teammate Olin Kreutz in signing a helmet for Kreutz's family. When Kreutz handed the helmet to Orton, it slowly donned on the rookie that he'd signed his own helmet, and would now have to play the rest of practice with his autograph on display..
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2. Joe Montana was a monster
All you want to do after a long day at training camp is go home and sleep forever. This is what makes Joe Montana's pranks so simple and monstrous. When the San Francisco 49ers would have camp at Sierra College, players would rent bikes to ride the quarter-mile stretch to and from the field. Montana, in turn, would hide those bikes from his teammates by putting them up in trees. And given that practices would often end at night, that meant rooting through trees and grabbing a bike that may or may not be yours.
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1. Urine not going to like this, Trent
Back in 2006, then Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer and center Robbie Tobeck engaged in a mortal combat of pranksmanship at the team's training facility in Cheney, Washington. It started with Dilfer coating Tobeck's underwear in Flexall--a deep tissue-warming gel. Tobeck noticed the analgesic before he put the shorts on, however, and returned fire by spreading coyote urine from a local hunting store around the quarterback's room at camp.* Teammates recalled seeing Dilfer burning scented candles and scrubbing the room with bleach for hours. *Dilfer recalls the urine being of the deer variety.