Romances are old news. In 2016, professional athletes are out loud and proud, and they don’t care who knows it. Bromances are all the rage and here at TheSportster we think it is about time. With Hollywood releasing the 2009 motion picture entirely dedicated to man-on-man heterosexual love in the form of I Love You, Man, it has become commonplace for those blossoming friendships in the locker room to spill over into the public sphere.
Endearing love and respect between males in sports is not a new phenomenon. Two that come to mind are Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the great boxing era of the 1960s and 70s, with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson duking it out for NBA supremacy in the 80s. Only until each man retired did the sparks begin to fly and they realized that they shared a lot in common. If they were young bucks coming through in today’s times, they would be spotted out at clubs, games and lunches till their heart’s content.
Now the average sports fan is far more open and accepting of these types of relationships. In Cleveland Johnny Manziel and LeBron James are hard to pull apart and Cam Newton seems to be an unofficial spouse of Steph Curry, as the couple share stories of their Charlotte days and wonder how they ever pulled away into different career paths. The tension is palpable!
But the NFL is a bit more unique in this respect. The physicality of the game makes these footballers uninhibited, the passions often reach boiling point and with rigorous pre season training camps – bonding becomes paramount. So grab a buddy, pull up a couch, crack a cold drink and get those heartstrings ready for a workout because these are the top 15 awesome NFL bromances!
15 Ike Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew
14 Julian Edelman and Tom Brady
13 Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson
12 Rex and Rob Ryan
11 Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn
10 Peyton Manning and Eric Decker
9 Roddy White and Julio Jones
8 Marshawn Lynch and Michael Robinson
7 Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall
6 Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta
5 Tony Romo and Jason Witten
4 Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill and Odell Beckham Jr. (The Royal Family)
3 Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes
2 Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton
1 Bill Belichick and Tom Brady
Some NFL bromances were just meant to be. This is on par with any great father-son relationships, with the older buck in Bill Belichick always there to fight the corner of his younger protégé Brady. They’ve shared good times together with Super Bowl wins and league-wide praise, and the bad times with Deflategate and humiliating finals losses. Belichick is Brady’s second father and Brady is as close to a son as it gets. The Patriots have benefitted from it and the sport has, seeing two men combining their talents and passion for the game for the good of New England.
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