Denver Broncos Almost Lead the NFL in Player Arrests
The Denver Broncos don't have a Super Bowl championship in the last five years, but they are almost leading the NFL in one category - arrests.
According to a report on profootballtalk.com, the Minnesota Vikings lead the league arrests with 18 in the last five years. The Broncos are a close second with 16. The Colts and Buccaneers each have 13, while the 49ers have 12.
The numbers were compiled by former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg.
On the surface it seems that NFL players are prone to getting into trouble with the law, but the fact is, it doesn't have to be that way. Just look at the Houston Texans. In the same period, they have had just one member of their team arrested. Carolina, New Orleans, and San Diego all have had just three arrests in the last five years.
There have been some pretty high profile arrests in the last five years including Aaron Hernandez, Ray Rice, and Adrian Peterson. Through each of these processes, the NFL has tweaked, re-worked, and modified its code of conduct policy and how it deals with these legal off the field issues. It will be interesting to look at the numbers in another five years to see if the league's "crackdown" on bad boys will actually have an affect on the number of NFL player arrests.
It will also be interesting to see if one of the teams that is near the top of the league in arrest numbers can overcome those hindrances and win a Super Bowl title.