Every young football fan has fantasized about suiting up for the NFL and the dream usually includes being a hero for his hometown team. In reality, playing in your hometown market is a rare occurrence. We are accustomed to seeing guys play for teams in cities where they have no affiliation. This is just the way it is. The NFL is not set up in a way that makes it profitable to move or draft players to the the towns they grew up in, no professional sport does this. When we do get a chance to see a player play for their hometown team every week, it is a sweet feeling for player and the fans alike. But lets make this feeling a little sweeter and do a little altering.
A little over a month ago, I wrote a very fun article where I looked at Every NBA Team If Players Played For Their Hometown, I found it very interesting learning about where these different players are from, and what cities produce the best talent in the league. So why not do the same article for the NFL? We will only be looking at the top 12 cities, because most rosters from smaller markets lack the level of talent to field a team, and I don't want to waste your time or mine.
While all the positions on an NFL roster are important, for this article I will focus on the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. In no way am I excluding other positions, but if these cities are not packing heat in the skilled positions I mentioned, they sadly won't make this list.
Hopefully you learn something in this article, whether it's that your city would be a championship dynasty if the NFL somehow made this change, or just something about where a couple players are from. Considering it is during the offseason, players who were active in or retired after the 2015 NFL season will be included in this list.
This is the top 12 NFL teams if players played for their hometown.
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12 Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals would certainly have a lot of speed from the start. Combining Russell Wilson and Le'Veon Bell in the backfield, this team would have the speed and agility like their team namesake, The Bengal Tiger. Wilson has all the tools to lead an NFL football team to victory. Adding a talent like Bell to the backfield would create a double threat that would be difficult for most defenses to stop.
A problem that this squad would face is with their wide receivers. With the lack of a star player at the wide receiver position, the Bengals would have to focus on running the ball more than anything else. On the defensive end, Cincinnati has a lot of hometown talent and would have some great players such as Luke Kuechly and Trent Cole. If the hometown Bengal team only had one additional standout wide receiver, Cincinnati would be very dangerous.
11 San Diego Chargers
Being a Philadelphia Eagles fan, makes it is hard to admit that Tony Romo is a pretty good leader on the field, and having him as a quarterback would be beneficial to any team. With this most likely being Reggie Bush's last year, Bush is looking to be productive and having him as a running back would create a balanced ground game to the Chargers. To help out Romo, DeSean Jackson would be a deep threat that could change the momentum of any game with every catch he grabs.
Not only do the Chargers have a nice offensive team, their defensive team is nothing to sneeze at. Richard Sherman is arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and having him be able to shut down an opposing wide receiver is valuable. Add Klay Mathews to lead the defense and the Chargers would look to be a strong threat in the National Football League.
10 Dallas Cowboys
Sam Bradford even with his injuries is a talented quarterback who stays in the pocket well and can find receivers. But Bradford has never had very good receivers too pick from...until now! Pairing up Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree as deep threats for Bradford to hit down the field would make for a great trio that would earn these hometown Cowboys a lot of quick touchdowns.
What's great about this Dallas team is the balance, because not only would they have a strong passing game they would have superstar Adrian Peterson in the running back position. In contrast to the strong offensive team, the defensive team is a little bit weaker, even with Von Miller leading the charge. The hometown Cowboys would likely give up a lot of points, but they would score a lot making for some really exciting games.
9 Philadelphia Eagles
The hometown Eagles would feature Matt Ryan at quarterback and the elusive Le'Sean McCoy at running back (again). Together they would present a strong offensive threat. Kenny Britt would most likely be Ryan's down field target as the Eagles would need to switch it up from throwing it back to Shady McCoy too much. Cornerback Brent Grimes would be able to neutralize some wide receiving threats, but the hometown Eagles defense would be very questionable. This team would end up having to consistently lean on Ryan and McCoy to win games.
8 Atlanta Falcons
Now this is a dynasty waiting to happen! Any team that possesses Cam Newton will be good, considering Cam can really do it all. Add the great Calvin Johnson and DeMaryius Thomas to the wings as the wide receivers, the Falcons are just absolutely deadly.
I am aware that Megatron just recently retired, but let's think about 2015 or 2014, the Falcons would have had a great chance at taking home the Lombardi trophy considering the superstars they would have. DeMeco Ryans and Eric Berry would man the fort on the defensive side, rounding out a talented hometown Atlanta area team!
7 Bay Area: 49ers/Raiders
It is very difficult to split these two teams based on talent, so I have combined the 49ers/Raiders for the Bay Area. The Bay Area is chocked full of NFL talent, with superstar Aaron Rodgers taking on the quarterback position. The great players don't stop their though. Having Marshawn Lynch, who retired recently, the Bay Area would have been a tough team to beat during the past few years.
Aaron Rodgers would be spoiled in the wide receiver department as well, having the big body of Julius Thomas at the tight end and the quick Julian Edelman would make the Bay Area team one of the best in the league.
6 Carolina Panthers
Even with the Panthers' success this NFL season, their new hometown roster could go toe to toe with the real team. Jay Cutler has been a good NFL quarterback for years, so the Panthers would have a competent captain with Cutler. The talent only gets better from here. Let's take a look at the receivers the hometown Panthers would have; a young DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, and the powerful Jimmy Graham at tight end.
With arguably the best receiving team in the NFL, Cutler would have an unlimited array of targets as they would shred any secondary in its path. On the defensive end, Julius Peppers and Mario Williams would put pressure on the opposing quarterback after every snap of the ball.
5 New Orleans Saints
Peyton Manning! It's hard to explain the impact and legacy Peyton Manning has left on the NFL, so for the Saints being able to have him for his 18 year career, would be a total game changer for New Orleans. Even though Peyton could most likely survive with sub-par receivers, he would have star Julio Jones who he could target heavily. Mike Wallace would be a nice alternative to Jones, and the three would be a dynamic force in the National Football League.
4 Houston Texans
Where to start with this stacked Texans team? Let's start at QB with Drew Brees. Right off the bat the hometown Texans have a veteran superstar. Drew Brees has the talent and expertise to provide the leadership for this Houston Texas area team. Brees would have Dez Bryant and Josh Gordon as his wide receivers.
The talent doesn't end with the receivers though, Jamaal Charles would be a great running option which would add some depth to the team. Another impressive lineup, Houston really has bred a lot of great players in the NFL.
3 Miami Dolphins
From the start, it would be very hard for defenses to stop this high paced Miami team down the field. With Teddy Bridgewater leading the charge at QB and Frank Gore powering it up the middle for first downs, the Dolphins would have a good duo to make up the ground game. Adding to the offensive power, receivers Pierre Garçon and Andre Johnson would add depth down the field, which would add balance to the Miami offense.
Unlike most of the teams on this list, the Dolphins would have a pretty strong defense with Patrick Peterson at cornerback and Jason Pierre-Paul and Vince Wilfork on the defensive line. A strong and balanced team, Miami would be a tough matchup against any team in the league.
2 Tennessee Titans
Some might think that a small market like Tennessee would not include enough NFL talent, but the hometown Titans would be pretty solid if every player had to play close to home. Let's start it off with Philip Rivers. Rivers has had a very successful NFL career, and the Titans would be very lucky to have him at the quarterback position. Now add Jason Witten to the team and these two would be great together as Rivers would surely find his favorite tight end many times.
At wide receiver, Golden Tate would stretch the field for Rivers making the Titans a well rounded football team that would be a solid squad in this NFL hometown league.
1 Green Bay Packers
With Green Bay being one of the smallest markets in the NFL, it's surprising that the hometown Packers would have enough talent to field a team that would be competitive in this league. Colin Kaepernick is a dynamic quarterback who can get things done. The Packers would have Joique Bell at the running back position, but undoubtedly Kap would gain some rushing yardage of his own.
With possibly the best defensive player in the league, the Green Bay Packers would be lucky enough to have J.J. Watt, who strikes fear into the minds of every opposing player who dares to line up against him. Even though this team has a couple great stars, it would still be difficult to predict that they would win a championship in this imaginary hometown NFL league. Anything can happen in football though. That's why we love it!
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