Whether surfing through sports sites, tabloid magazines or general news sites, it is clear that we are obsessed with sports celebrities and their lifestyles. And why not? Athletes make millions, live in great houses, travel all over the world and can buy any toy they want. Sure, professional athletes face intense pressure and criticism over their careers but we don’t really think about this when we are pretending to slam-dunk like Michael Jordan, hit a homerun like Derek Jeter or score the winning goal like Sidney Crosby.
Away from the field, stadium or arena, fans and the media remain obsessed with star athletes. Relationships, scandals and general lifestyle are all issues of intense speculation and scrutiny. Perhaps one of the less intrusive and ‘fun’ aspects of following the lives of athletes is seeing what sorts of toys they own and use. Specifically, the sorts of cars athletes own is always a big talking point. Whether football, baseball, soccer or hockey, we love seeing what kinds of cars athletes drive for a variety of reasons. First, there is the straight up voyeur attraction, as we love looking into other people’s lives. Second, we are interested to see if they drive ‘real’ cars – the kind of cars maybe we own, or could realistically own. Finally, we love seeing the over-the-top extravagant vehicles athletes tend to buy.
So, what do American football players drive? The following list looks at some of the most popular cars driven by the players of the NFL. As you’d expect, the exotic and luxurious brands are well represented. These are the cars you’d expect to see on any list involving multi-millionaire celebrities and athletes. Mixed in with these high-priced imports, however, are a blend of more practical vehicles and strong representation in the form of American muscle. There are no Hyundais, Kias or Mazdas here. There is no room for Colts QB Andrew Luck’s Honda Accord, Seahawks QB Terrell Pryor’s Nissan 350Z or Cardinals Cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s Toyota Prius. That’s not to say that these cars aren’t popular in general, they just aren’t popular among their fellow NFLers.
16 Honorable Mention: Smart Fortwo - $13,270 (base)
15 Dodge Challenger - $26,495 (base)
14 Chevrolet Camaro - $31,055 (base)
13 Range Rover Evoque - $41,100 (base)
12 Hummer H2 - $63,090
11 Cadillac Escalade - $71,695 (base)
10 BMW 7-series - $74,000 (base)
9 Porsche Panamera - $78,100 (base)
8 Mercedes-Benz S550 - $98,000 (base)
7 Audi R8 - $115,000 (base)
6 Maserati Gran Turismo - $143,400 (base)
5 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG - $154,600
4 Bentley Continental GT - $187,900
3 Rolls Royce Ghost - $263,200
2 Lamborghini Murcielago - $354,000 (original)
1 Lamborghini Aventador - $397,000 (base)
Top spot on this list belongs to yet another Lamborghini exotic – the Aventador. This car was designed to replace the outgoing Murcielago and began production in 2011. Like its predecessor, the Aventador was mid-engined, all-wheel drive and used a 6.5L V12 engine. The Aventador’s engine is uprated to 690hp and can get the car from 0-60 in a blistering 2.9 seconds. The roadster edition of this top-performer will run you an additional $50,000 above the ‘regular’ Aventador. This car has been positively received by car enthusiasts and critics and is so popular that production can’t keep up with demand. While Joe Haden (Browns) and Reggie Bush (Lions) are unlikely to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy any time soon, we’re sure hanging onto the steering wheel of this beast has eased the pain.
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