The NFL Playoffs are here, which means we're about to enter the most exciting part of the season. Unless, of course, your team didn't make the cut. In that case, you're probably upset about not being able to see your favorite team and favorite players until next summer. We empathize with you.
But fear not, gentle reader. The faces of your favorite NFL stars are still out there, as some of the players have celebrity (or at least semi-famous) counterparts that look quite similar to them. A few coaches have their own doppelgängers as well.
Although there have been a lot of stretches when it comes to people claiming to have discovered so-called twin siblings of NFL figures, we wanted to construct as concise of a list as possible. None of these examples are limited to just a single photo or instance that happened to make one of them look different from their usual selves, none of the comparisons involve cartoon or otherwise fictional characters, there are no cheap shots or jokes that aren’t actually accurate, and with just an exception or two, everyone played/coached or was eligible to play/coach in the 2015 NFL season. This is a collection of the best of the best, the most-commonly associated individuals, and a few deserving folks who have flown under the radar in regard to resemblances. This is the Top 15 NFL Players Who Have Celebrity Lookalikes.
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15 Nick Foles & Jon Heder
After his trade to the St. Louis Rams this season, quarterback Nick Foles cut his wavy, medium-length, sandy-blonde hair. Those locks though, coupled with his longish face and narrow eyelids, gave him a decent resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite actor Jon Heder. For those unaware, Heder doesn’t actually have an orange afro or a perfectly clean-shaven face. So match up a picture of Foles playing for the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago, and you’ve got a dead-ringer for Napoleon. They both even have the same round lips (which, when chapped, probably hurt real bad).
14 Brock Osweiler & Robert Pattinson
Denver Broncos backup QB Brock Osweiler landed this spot on this list not just because he kind of resembles someone famous, but because he’s still new enough to the NFL to not be familiar to most people. If someone glanced at him quickly for the first time, his medium-short hair, flat eyebrows, strong jawline, and pale complexion really do look a lot like former vampire/Twilight actor Robert Pattinson.
Osweiler better hope Peyton Manning isn’t a creature of the night too though, otherwise the already immortal-seeming future Hall of Famer might never give up his starting gig.
13 Miles Austin & Alex Rodriguez
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Miles Austin has one of those familiar faces that you just can’t quite place initially. His tan complexion, small nose, striking blue eyes, and oft-seen grin are reminiscent of another person, but who could it be? Then Austin puts on a helmet and suddenly it looks like New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has taken up football (and 10 years younger). And if you think the helmet thing is a cop-out, check out Miles Austin when he’s laughing. The spitting image of a young A-Rod, except with shorter hair.
12 Mike Smith & Steve Martin
When comparing the appearances of former Atlanta Falcons (and possibly future Miami Dolphins) head coach Mike Smith and comedian Steve Martin, there are a lot of similarities. They both have wide noses, narrow eyes, and a snow white hair and dark eyebrow combo. The only obvious difference (other than their 14-year age gap) is the hairstyle. While Smith combs his coif skyward and back, Martin neatly side-parts his in the same way he has for practically his entire career - and life. If they coordinated their dos - or better yet, both slapped a hat on - the duo would basically be brothers.
11 Alex Smith & Kliff Kingsbury
Hey girl, I know you’ve probably heard that Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith looks like actor Ryan Gosling, but don’t believe the hype. Although both are good-looking dudes, the resemblance is questionable at best. But if you’ve ever seen Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, you’ll realize that Smith does, in fact, have a blue-eyed, stubbly-bearded lookalike.
Of course, calling Kliff Kingsbury a celebrity is a bit of a stretch, but hey, he did play for five NFL teams in his career and coached Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, so that’s gotta count for something.
10 Richard Sherman & Busta Rhymes/Waka Flocka Flame
It has been said before that dread-headed Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks looks a bit like rapper Busta Rhymes, especially when both of them are fired up and yelling. But recently another rapper was mistaken for Richard Sherman: Waka Flocka Flame.
While traveling through Seattle-Tacoma International, three airport employees approached Waka and asked to take a photo with the 6-foot-3 rapper. It wasn’t until the photo went viral that Waka realized the fans thought he was the Seahawks cornerback. In response, he laughed it off and contacted Sherman to ask for a jersey.
9 Robert Griffin III & André 3000
What do Robert Griffin III and André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they are both outcasts (or Outkasts), they actually look quite similar. In fact, if André grew his hair long again (or RG3 cut his off), the only major difference between the two would be Griffin’s lack of a mole and André’s lack of football-caliber muscle. As for the strongest similarity, it has to be their teeth. Not only do both of them have an especially wide grin, but both also possess a trademark gap between their front chompers.
8 C.J. Spiller & Sean Combs
Before someone pointed it out to me for this article, I had no idea C.J. Spiller looked so much like
Puff Daddy P. Diddy Diddy Puff Daddy again, I think Sean Combs. Yet, alas, when the New Orleans Saints running back jogs off the field and removes his helmet, he suddenly looks like he’s all about the Benjamins. And their likeness is all about the eyes, thin mustaches, and oval shape of their faces. The biggest difference between the two? Spiller’s smile is about 1,000 times bigger.
7 Jamaal Anderson & Ludacris
To claim that defensive end Jamaal Anderson doesn’t look like a certain famous rapper is totally ludicrous. (Sorry.) That’s right, Anderson has a very similar look as musician/actor Ludacris, with both of them usually rocking buzzed haircuts and unconnected, thin mustache and goatee combos along with their similar complexions. The real kicker is the eyes though. Anderson and Luda both have almond-shaped peepers with very few eyelashes on the bottom, making them distinctively stand out. Or “Stand Up.” (Okay, last pun.)
6 Matthew Stafford & Haley Joel Osment
If someone told you Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford looks like The Sixth Sense actor Haley Joel Osment, you’d be right to scoff at the notion. Unless you’ve seen Haley Joel Osment lately. In the 16 years since he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s only good film, Osment has grown up a lot, and gained a bit of weight as well. Now his rotund face bears a striking resemblance to Stafford’s, with both of them sporting similar downturned eyes, as well as comparable dirty blonde/light brown hair up top. The only difference? The dead people Stafford sees are his defeated Lions teammates.
5 Brett Favre & Geoff Jenkins
Alright, I’ll admit it: I’m stretching it a bit in this spot. Not because of the lack of resemblance, but because both people have since retired from their respective sports. But when it comes to former QB Brett Favre, an ubiquitous being when it comes to football, it’s safe to say he’s never really far removed from the game. Plus, how can you pass up a pair of twins like this?
When I first saw the comparison between Favre and former Milwaukee Brewer outfielder Geoff Jenkins, I honestly had to Google additional pictures of the latter to make sure the initial one wasn’t photoshopped. Never seen Jenkins before? Just picture Brett Favre in a baseball cap.
4 Aaron Rodgers & Tom Wrigglesworth (or Jake Gyllenhaal, or B.J. Novak)
We’ve probably all heard the comparisons between Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and actors like Jake Gyllenhaal or B.J. Novak (or a love-child of the two), but neither of them come as close to being a doppelgänger as British comedian Tom Wrigglesworth. Although Wrigglesworth may not be a celebrity in the U.S., he’s known in England, has since become somewhat famous for his resemblance here, and thus qualifies for the list. And how couldn’t he? Besides the fact that they have the exact same distinctive eyes, Wrigglesworth also exploited the similarities between him and Rodgers in a NFL Films video as he confused fans, and even some Packers players.
3 Drew Brees & Rutherford B. Hayes
I was understandably skeptical the first time I heard that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees allegedly looks like former United States President Rutherford B. Hayes, especially given the fact that most of Hayes’ portraits and photographs feature him with a long, grey, scraggly beard. But after seeing an image of a young Rutherford, I was blown away.
Just to be sure, I showed the same photo to a few friends, and by only asking what NFL player he looks like, they all named Brees as the doppelgänger. In fact, the Hayes portrait in question looks kind of like Drew Brees dressed as a less creepy, less depressed Edgar Allan Poe, but forgot the mustache.
2 Sam Bradford & Ryan Reynolds
Quarterback Sam Bradford might not bear a resemblance to anyone famous upon first inspection (especially when sporting his longer, curlier hair), but once he puts on a helmet, everything becomes clear. Suddenly it looks like Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds has started taking snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles, and once you see it, it can’t be unseen. Seriously, take a highlight of Bradford playing and show it to someone who isn’t a football fan, and I bet you could convince them it’s a clip from Ryan Reynold’s newest film. Maybe a sequel, like Van Wilder: The NFL Years.
1 Mike Tomlin & Omar Epps
If one day a film is made about the life and career of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, he would already have an actor perfect to play his part: Omar Epps. For the duo holding the top spot on this list, there truly are some striking similarities between the two. The former House actor has the same almond-shaped eyes as Tomlin, they share similarly round face shapes, and both have neatly trimmed & closely cropped facial hair and short cuts on top.
Even the age difference is minimal, as Tomlin is 43 and Epps is 42. And if there were any doubts, House put the debate to rest by actually mentioning the resemblance in an episode.
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