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The Worst Athletes of 2012  

Arthur Roderick
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List Rules Out of respect for the families, athletes who committed tragic crimes were omitted

The worst athletes of 2012 are those special professional sports players who failed to live up to their expectations during the year or just did really stupid things along the way. These stars of the NFL, NBA, MLB and other sports each could have been the talk of the town had they not let everyone down with their lack of production and poor choices.

For many of these athletes, earning their place on this list of the worst 2012 athletes came simply because they sucked more than normal when playing their corresponding sport. Michael Vick was expected to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to greatness in 2012 but instead he helped the team start the year with a 3-6 record before suffering an injury. Mark Sanchez, quarterback of the New York Jets, was only slightly better, throwing more interceptions than he did touchdowns and committing that embarrassing butt-fumble heard round the world. Even Rafalca, the dressage horse owned by Ann Romney, wife of the silver medal presidential election winner Mitt Romney, was not safe from inclusion here as it finished in a disappointing 28th place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Other star athletes made it on the worst athletes of 2012 list for scandals and controversial choices. Renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong was perhaps the leader in the 2012 scandals category after he came under fire, was stripped of titles and almost uniformly shunned by the world following his doping allegations.

Like the biggest sports let-downs of 2012, the athletes on this list each won in the area of disappointment but little else. Did your favorite athlete let you down this year? Ashamed of what they did on the field or off? Vote up those who broke your heart the most, add any not already listed or even re-rank this list of the 2012 worst athletes your way, all below.
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Mark Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 33
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Andrew Bynum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 32
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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 39
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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 34
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Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 38
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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 39
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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 40
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 41
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Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
kaylive added age 37
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Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 39
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Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 31
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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
bojanthebest added age 32
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Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 39
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Fernando Torres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Rafalca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
Rafalca
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Chael Sonnen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
age 42
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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
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Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Athletes of 2012
tblair11 added age 31