American Football Players

American football is the most popular sport in the United States, and the players of this game are accorded celebrity status in the football crazy country! American football is one of the many types of football that is played between two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The game has its origins in the sport of rugby football. Walter Camp, a legendary player of the game is said to be the “Father of American Football” as he set forth the rules for the modern version of the game as we know it today. Despite all the glamour attached to the image of football, becoming a professional football player takes a lot of hard work, and of course, good luck. Football is a sport that demands a high degree of athleticism, coordination, strength and stamina, and thus football players have to maintain their mental and physical health at the highest levels.

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 1 Patrick Mahomes II

Patrick Mahomes II
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: September 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 2 Tom Brady

Tom Brady
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

A record six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady is regarded by many as the greatest quarterback ever. At the age of 41, he became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Thanks to his good looks, he has also appeared in some television programs and commercial campaigns.

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 3 Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball player, American football player, Businessperson, Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 4 O. J. Simpson

O. J. Simpson
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Famous As: Former American Football Player
Birthdate: July 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
O J Simpson created a record breaking football career with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. He pursued a successful acting career and became a football broadcaster. However, the star footballer’s life took a dark turn when he was charged with the murders of his ex-wife and her friend and was later convicted in a kidnapping and armed robbery case.

 5 Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers
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Famous As: American football quarterback
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Aaron Rodgers, who has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in the history of the National Football League (NFL), is regarded by many as one of the greatest football quarterbacks ever. Also known for his humanitarian and charitable efforts, Aaron Rodgers is an ardent supporter of the MACC Fund, which is a fund-raising organization.

 6 Ben Roethlisberger

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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Known to his fans as the “Big Ben,” Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had captained his high-school basketball, baseball, and football teams. The multitalented 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year stunned everyone when he became the youngest starting quarterback to score a Super Bowl victory in 2006.

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 7 Russell Wilson

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American footballer, Russell Wilson, plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and is considered one of the best players ever. In NFL history, he is one of two quarterbacks with a career passer rating over 100. In October 2020, he was inducted in an exclusive group, the Madden 99 club of the popular ‘Madden 21’ video game.

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 8 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw
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Famous As: Former NFL Star & TV Analyst
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970, Terry Bradshaw went on to become a dominant NFL quarterback and led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. His career halted after an injury, but Bradshaw soon established himself as a prominent television football analyst for Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he ventured into acting, writing and music.
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 9 Cam Newton

Cam Newton
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

American football quarterback for New England Patriots, Cam Newton shot to fame when he led Auburn Tigers to the 2010 BCS National Championship, won the Heisman Trophy and was selected by Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft. In the subsequent nine seasons with the Panthers, he emerged as star player and even bagged NFL’s top player spot in 2016.

 10 Drew Brees

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

After 5 years with the San Diego Chargers, NFL quarterback Drew Brees joined the New Orleans Saints. In 2010, he was the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and the co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Drew is considered one of the best passers in NFL.

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 11 Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown
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Famous As: American football wide receiver
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Antonio Brown is an American football player and one of the most popular wide receivers in the history of the National Football League (NFL). Controversy's favorite child, Brown is a testimony to the fact that one's personal behavior can have a major impact on their professional life; his off-the-field controversies have marred his otherwise illustrious playing career.

 12 Peyton Manning

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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as “The Sheriff,” the talented player has NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns.

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 13 Alex Smith

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
NFL quarterback Alex Smith led the Utah Utes to the national top five, during his college days. He was later drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and played with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. He returned to the ground in 2020, after recovering from a life-threatening injury.

 14 Alex Smith

Alex Smith
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 15 Joe Namath

Joe Namath
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: May 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Joe Namath is a former football player who was named on The Sporting News' 100 Greatest Football Players list in 1999. He established himself as a sports icon and a pop culture icon after guaranteeing a victory to his team, New York Jets, over the favorites, Baltimore Colts, and then helping his team win Super Bowl III against the Colts.

 16 Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 17 Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 18 Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the greatest tight end of all time, Rob Gronkowski is also considered one of the best American football players of his generation. Also one of the most popular players, thanks to his larger-than-life personality, Rob Gronkowski has set many National Football League (NFL) records as a tight end.

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 19 Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield
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Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: April 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 20 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 21 Nick Saban

Nick Saban
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 22 Nick Foles

Nick Foles
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 23 Terry Crews

Terry Crews
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Famous As: Actor, American Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Terrence Crews is an actor, comedian, activist and a body-builder. He’s also a former professional football player. He has starred in sitcoms like Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Plus, he has acted in many movies including the Expendables series. In 2017, Crews talked about a sexual assault on him by a Hollywood executive. He fiercely advocates for women's rights.

 24 Michael Oher

Michael Oher
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Former American football player, Michael Oher had been associated with the Baltimore Ravens for the major part of his career. He also played for the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers for a while. He had a very tough childhood and sought solace in playing sports. After years of struggle, he finally emerged as a successful sportsman.

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 25 Chase Claypool

Chase Claypool
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 26 Garrett Gilbert

Garrett Gilbert
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 27 Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 19, 2017
Aaron Hernandez was a New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight-end. In 2013, he was convicted of Odin Llyod’s murder and sentenced to life without parole. He was also tried for a separate double homicide but was acquitted. He later committed suicide inside his cell and was posthumously diagnosed with CTE.

 28 Eli Manning

Eli Manning
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: January 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, brother of Peyton Manning, is one of only five players to have won multiple Super Bowl MVP honors. He initially played for the University of Mississippi and eventually led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. He is known for his match-winning Helmet Catch.

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 29 JJ Watt

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

JJ Watt is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He also plays defensive tackle in some situations. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsperson of the Year in 2017. He is regarded as one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. Besides sports, he co-hosts the Fox game show, Ultimate Tag.

 30 Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick
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Famous As: Sports coach
Birthdate: April 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 31 Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman
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Famous As: Television presenter, NASCAR team owner, Announcer, American football player
Birthdate: November 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 32 Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 33 Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: July 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
An injury to starter Tony Romo made Dak Prescott fill in as a starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, and his performance earned him the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. This former Mississippi player became one of three rookies to be included in the 2016-17 Pro Bowl.

 34 Marcus Mariota

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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: October 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Marcus Mariota is an American football player. A quarterback, Mariota was an important member of Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL) as he led the Titans to three successive winning seasons. He currently plays for the Las Vegas Raiders. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mariota serves as an inspiration to many aspiring football players from Hawaii.

 35 Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 37 Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Baltimore Ravens football wide receiver Dez Bryant started his NFL stint with the Dallas Cowboys. He was born to a teen mother and was held for selling cocaine at 8. He played for Oklahoma State Cowboys in college and was an All-American. He was the receiving touchdowns leader in 2014.

 38 Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: October 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 39 Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 40 Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
New York Jets football quarterback Joe Flacco began his career with Delaware. He holds the record of being the first rookie quarterback to win two playoffs. He won Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens and was named the MVP. He became the 2008 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.

 41 Brett Favre

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Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Brett Favre is a former American football player who spent the majority of his National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers. Apart from being a retired player with several achievements and records under his belt, Favre is also a philanthropist; in 1996, he set up the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, which has donated over $2 million to charities.

 42 Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was the second-best in NFL receiving yards in 2019. He has been named to First-team All-Pro and to Second-team All-Pro twice. He is a minority stake-owner of the NBA team Phoenix Suns. He also works for breast cancer awareness and underprivileged children.

 43 Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
New York Mets baseball player Tim Tebow was previously a successful football player. The former Florida Gators quarterback later played for the Denver Broncos, helping them reach the 2011 playoffs and win their first AFC West title. He is known for “Tebowing,” his signature style of praying on the field. 

 44 Frank Gore

Frank Gore
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 45 Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Adrian Peterson is an American football player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League (NFL), Peterson became the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards in 2013. He is currently playing for the Detroit Lions.

 46 Le’Veon Bell

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 47 Randy Moss

Randy Moss
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Birthdate: February 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
NFL wide receiver Randy Moss set a record for the highest number of receiving touchdowns in a season. The Minnesota Vikings player became the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and retired after playing with the San Francisco 49ers. He gave rise to the term “getting mossed.”

 48 Carson Wentz

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz helped his team top the NFC Playoffs, which led to their first Super Bowl win. He was the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards with no WR over 500 yards. His AO1 Foundation works for underprivileged people. He also loves hunting. 

 49 Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 50 Odell Beckham Jr.

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Famous As: American Football Wide Receiver
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Odell Beckham Jr. is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL). With several NFL records under his belt, Beckham Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most popular and productive players of all time. His one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday Night Football game is considered the greatest catch ever made in NFL history.

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