These photos portray NFL stars in a vulnerable time period. This article is 15 photos of NFL superstars when they were in high school. High school was probably a good time for these football stars, as they were most likely the most popular kids in school. Though these guys were studs in sports, some of these photos are a little embarrassing. They might have different hair, or have faces that don't look like their current appearance, nor are they as flattering.
Brady wasn't actually a stud athletically until he got to the NFL. He wasn't great at Michigan, and was picked really late in the NFL Draft. The Patriots were shocked to find out actually how amazing the young QB would end up becoming. In fact, I would put Brady in line as a top 5 quarterback of all time and I'm sure many have him at no.1.
These photos take the readers back to the days of high school for NFL superstars. Times when they were working especially hard to get to the college level. I'm sure they weren't aware they would be noted as some of the best NFL players to ever grace the field. Maybe some of the guys on this list knew their potential, but the majority probably thought that they could play college ball, and see where their career goes from there.
15 Russell Wilson
14 Adrian Peterson
AP also ran track in high school. This makes sense because he runs a 4.4, 40-yard dash. Peterson was a five star recruit out of high school. In fact, he was the number one athlete in America in 2004 for high school sports. Peterson had offers from virtually every school and could have chosen any future he wanted. His aspirations led him to Oklahoma, where he teamed up with Sam Bradford. Peterson was excellent in high school and college, and has been a stud in the NFL.
13 Julian Edelman
12 Joe Flacco
Joe looks really miserable in this yearbook picture. In the class of 2009, Joe was ranked 39th for quarterbacks. Flacco was a 3 star football recruit. Other than football, he played baseball and basketball. He hails from Haddon Township in New Jersey. Flacco looks somewhat angry or just bored in the picture taken at his school. Picture day truly is boring, and it's tedious work just sitting there. Anyway, Joe graduated and went to Pittsburgh. After he earned just a backup role he transferred to Delaware. At Delaware he really shined in terms of his throwing abilities.
11 DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins had an unreal season in 2015. Long before he was dominating on the NFL platform, he was a kid in South Carolina, who wanted to play college football. He was very athletic in school, playing basketball, running track and football (obviously). Hopkins was an excellent point guard for his team. He probably could have played college basketball if he wanted to. Anyway, he decided to go to Clemson. Hopkins led the team in receiving his first year. He played until his junior season, then entered the NFL draft. He went surprisingly high in the 2013 NFL draft. With the 27th pick, the Texans pounced on him.
10 Eli Manning
9 A.J. Green
Green was a stud in high school. He went to Summerville High, and played three sports. He ran track and played basketball and football. He was named the number one athlete in high school sports by Sports Illustrated. He is actually noted as probably one of the greatest high school athletes ever, and he reached crazy receiving yard marks. With just about every option for college, Green chose Georgia. He was a monster there, and in his first game he had eight receptions.
8 Drew Brees
7 Patrick Peterson
Peterson went to Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. In his junior year he had 11 touchdowns, nine of which were rushing touchdowns on offense and seven interceptions on defense. He was named to many All American groups, and was the defensive player of the year. He was a five star recruit, an accolade so high that he had many offers. A five star recruit for an athlete is like achieving a 36 on the ACT. The kids with high scores can go virtually anywhere. Peterson could go anywhere with his "athletic score".
6 Rob Gronkowski
Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski is from Williamsville, New York. He had seven touchdowns in his junior season. He also played basketball in high school, and was recruited for that as well. For his senior season of high school, his family relocated to Pittsburgh. He was named an All-American, having an incredible year. He had various offers for college football scholarships. Syracuse, Ohio State, Kentucky, Arizona, Clemson, and Maryland all wanted him on their rosters. He chose to go to the University of Arizona, a party school. Gronk was named third team All-American there, but missed his junior season at Arizona due to injuries.
5 Cam Newton
4 Ben Roethlisberger
Wow, Ben looks significantly skinnier in his high school portrait. He looks like a completely different person then his appearance now. He attended Findlay High School in Ohio. He was the captain of the baseball, basketball and football team. It's clear he was an impressive athlete at a young age. He played wide receiver until his senior season at Findlay because the head coach wanted to start his son at QB. Little did the coach know his starting wide receiver would end up being a superstar quarterback.
3 J.J. Watt
2 Tom Brady
Tom Brady went to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. He played basketball, football, and baseball in those years. Tom was first a backup for the JV football team. When the QB got injured, he became the starter for the JV squad. By Junior year he had risen up the ranks, and was the starter for the varsity team. He had offers from some solid schools, but he ultimately chose Michigan. He finished his high school career with 31 touchdowns. Tom then flourished at Michigan, racking up solid yards each game. Brady was also very highly recruited for baseball in high school. In fact, he was even drafted by the Montreal Expos as a catcher.
1 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers originally lived in California, but his family eventually relocated to Beaverton, Oregon. He attended high school back in California when his family moved once more to Chirco, California. He started for two seasons at QB there, setting a record of 6 touchdowns in a single game. He was not initially recruited out of high school. Rodgers went to a community college to play football. He played very well there, and attracted mass media attention. He received an offer from Cal Berkeley, and accepted it. Rodgers didn't expect to even go to the NFL, but he played exceptional at Cal, which earned him a lot of attention.
In 2005, he entered the NFL Draft. A-Rod was the 24th pick to the Packers, which was one of the most shocking draft slides in NFL history. He spent some seasons as a backup for Brett Favre, until becoming the legend/superstar that he is today.
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