In the full spirit of April Fool’s Day, some of the NFL’s top players pulled off several pranks Wednesday, with some elaborate and others maybe going a bit too far.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady briefly scared the daylights out of loyal fans after he posted a picture of himself in a full body cast from a hospital room on his official Facebook page.

The obviously photoshopped picture, seen above, included the caption: “Jordan’s crossover is no joke!”

Brady was referring to the video that went slightly viral earlier this week showing him playing a pick-up game against NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets order Michael Jordan, with Jordan even caught talking some of his famous trash to the Super Bowl MVP.

Other lighthearted jabs came from the Indianapolis Colts, as well as former Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings receiver turned free agent Greg Jennings.

The Colts got the Indianapolis Star in on the prank, by tweeting a picture of their newest alternate jerseys.


The white-on-white design, featuring tight end Dwayne Allen, certainly caught a few fans off guard.

Jennings' gag was a bit more of a long con. Beginning Wednesday, one day before the annual prank holiday, he started tweeting about how his stint in the free agent market was about to come to an end and that he would announce his latest team on Twitter, according to Yahoo Sports.

After a series of tweets, Jennings followed up with a short video featuring his kids at what looks like a theme park.


Then there was Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, whose prank seems to have offended a number of Twitter users. The NFL has dealt with a number of players facing serious to minor legal charges, and evidently that’s what the 27-year-old Super Bowl champion was hoping to joke around with, tongue-in-cheek.


Irvin hasn’t removed the tweets from his official page, but he was apologized in several, saying he meant no harm. He also called a few Internet trolls.


While this year's efforts are laudable, these pranks seem to fall short of some of the more elaborate ones in sports history. NPR broke down a number of the biggest and most thought out gags ever devised, with none coming close to Sports Illustrated’s 1985 profile of legendary baseball prospect Sidd Finch.

The tall tale mixed some believable “facts” with outlandish claims to be taken seriously, saying the pitcher Finch wore a hiking boot on his right foot, that his throws were clocked as fast as 168 m.p.h., and that the New York Mets planned to sign him.

Another one involved New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle and Long Beach Independent back in 1961. Essentially the paper reported Mantle was to be traded to the Los Angeles Angels for a million dollars, several players and half interest in local radio station KMPC.