Recently, the NFL has been under a lot of justified pressure because of their spate of domestic violence arrests. The rash of incidents has led many to question the impact that football has on American society. However, the league is also home to hundreds of interesting players that had interesting routes to the NFL and lives off of the football field. These players’ unique accomplishments, stories, and charitable contributions have helped make the NFL the successful institution it is today.
The NFL fosters an environment where success is only possible through extensive preparation. The season places almost constant demands on a players’ time and requires that their behavior off the field be exemplary. All of the preparation is put to the test on game day, where careers are forged and broken. The individual players that make these games possible are often overlooked because of the spectacle that NFL football games have become. Even when announcers are scrambling to fill airtime, many do not focus on player anecdotes to entertain the audience of another Jacksonville Jaguars blowout.
So without further ado, here are 25 weird facts about some of your favorite NFL players.
24 Jeremy Maclin Adopted By Family Resembles the “Blindside”
23 Reggie Bush and Alex Smith Were High School Teammates
22 Antonio Gates Never Played College Football
21 Michael Vick was Drafted by the Colorado Rockies
20 Derek Carr Knew the Entire Oakland Raiders Playbook Before Training Camp
19 Greg Robinson Evacuated from Home Due to Hurricane Katrina for 2 Years
18 Tim Tebow was on MTV in High School
17 Odell Beckham Jr.’s Mom May be a Better Athlete than Him
16 Drew Brees is committed to his Birthmark
15 D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s Strange Name Inspired Key & Peele
14 Nick Foles’ Parents are Millionaires
13 Brandon Marshall Suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, Now a Mental Health Advocate
12 AJ Hawk Sacked his Brother-in-Law Brady Quinn
11 Robert Griffin III has a Sock Collection
10 Larry Fitzgerald and his Dad Make Super Bowl History
9 Joe Montana Pointed Out John Candy before Super Bowl XXIII Winning Drive
8 Danny Woodhead was a Division II Legend
7 Troy Polamalu Doesn’t Lift Heavy Weights
6 Richard Sherman was 2nd in his High School Class
5 Wes Welker Owns a Race Horse Named Undrafted
4 Rob Gronkowski has his own Cereal Brand
3 Tom Brady and Kevin Youkilis are Brothers-in-law
2 Ndamukong Suh Heavily Fined, Most Charitable
1 Tony Romo’s Random Acts of Kindness
Tony Romo has developed a reputation during his time as Dallas Cowboys quarterback as being one of the nicest guys in the league. Hours after taking a helmet shot to the chin from Willie McGinest, Romo helped a couple change their tire after midnight while on his way home from the away game earlier in the day. There are also stories of Romo treating a homeless man named Doc to a movie, where they watched Role Models. While he may struggle at times to lead the hapless Dallas Cowboys, Romo is a model citizen and a true Good Guy Greg.
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