1. Brett Favre. Brett’s most endearing quality is his longevity and continued success in arguably the most important position in football. On the other hand, Favre’s wild tendencies and current waffling over retirement and remaining in the NFL drive many fans crazy. Delighting fans for years as a Green Bay Packer, only to move on to the New York Jets and then finally to the Minnesota Vikings has put Favre’s name on many colors over the years.
2. Jay Cutler. Jay is one of those players in the NFL who has brought a lot of promise from the day he was drafted from Vanderbilt College. A mediocre year in Chicago marked his trade from the Denver Broncos. From time spent with the Denver Broncos to currently leading the Chicago Bears, many people along with Cutler himself are looking forward to the future.
3. Troy Polamalu. Troy has arguably become one of the Pittsburgh Steelers most important defensive weapons since joining with the team out of USC. Troy is easily identifiable not only for his skill on the gridiron but also for his long hair and recently appeared in a shampoo commercial. The Pittsburgh Steelers look to continue their success with Polamalu’s tough and creative style of play.
4. Michael Vick. Although Michael’s recent legal troubles have given him plenty of detractors, he maintains a strong following of supporters and has recently been “re-created” with the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael made a turbulent start to his career with the Atlanta Falcons, showing tremendous athletic abilities mixed with questionable personal decisions. Vick’s diversity in football allows him to be successful not only as quarterback but at a variety of positions.
5. Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben has spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, leading them in two Super Bowl victories-becoming the youngest Super Bowl winning quarterback at only 23. Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers have dominated much of the last decade, although Ben has had his share of injuries and controversy to go along with his success.
6. Tony Romo. Surprisingly, Tony Romo earned a sort with the Dallas Cowboys after going undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. Romo has had a successful career with Dallas and has been surrounded by many skilled (and controversial) players. Tony is poised to continue his success with Dallas into the future, hoping to win his first Super Bowl championship.
7. Mark Sanchez. Known to his N.Y. Jets teammates as “Sanchise”, Mark became one of only four quarterbacks to win his first rookie playoff game. In 2009 Sanchez earned the largest New York Jets contract in history, illustrating the team’s intention of him leading them into the foreseeable future. After leading the Jets to the 2010 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sanchez is poised to even greater accomplishments in the future.
8. Tom Brady. After winning three Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots and countless other accomplishments, Brady and the Patriots have become synonymous with success in the NFL. Brady’s consistency and excellence are a standard in the NFL that Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick are building upon for the future.
9. Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Vikings selected Adrian “All Day” Peterson in the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson went on to set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a game and win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Peterson continued to excel with the Vikings and the Brett Favre led offense.
10. Eli Manning. Eli showed the stellar talent he possesses when he not only won the Super Bowl championship with the New York Giants in 2008 but was named MVP of the game. Since his career start in 2004, expectations have been extremely high for Eli and he continues to excel.
11. Terrell Owens. Terrell begin his colourful NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, and then moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and finally the Buffalo Bills. Known popularly (or infamously) as T.O., Owens has achieved great success with his teams while sparking countless controversies.
12. Peyton Manning. Continuing the family legacy of NFL success, Peyton won the 2006 Super Bowl championship with the Indianapolis Colts and has consistently been one of the highest rated passers in the NFL. Peyton is known for his meticulous football planning and for his work as comedy host of SNL. Fans and detractors alike will continue to watch Peyton’s accomplishments grow over time.
13. Hines Ward. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers Hines has become known as one of the most versatile wide receivers in the NFL. Ward is outstanding both as a receiver for short and long yard plays as well as blocking for his teammates. Ward achieved the Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers twice.
14. LaDainian Tomlinson. Upon being drafted with the San Diego Chargers in 2001, Tomlinson or “L.T.” as he is popularly known, became the top running back with the team. While the ultimate championship has eluded L.T., he has numerous achievements, including the single season NFL touchdown record. LT has recently signed with the New York Jets and will bring his excellence to this up-and-coming team.
15. Jason Witten. Witten has enjoyed great success with the Dallas Cowboys since 2004, being consistently named to the Pro Bowl in his position as tight end. In 2007 Witten joined elite company as he became just the third tight end in NFL history with 96 or more catches in a single season.
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