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Bills2083
07-17-2009, 02:21 PM
For many people, when we think of hockey we think of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
For basketball, I think of LeBron and Kobe.
For golf, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson come to mind.

Who are the poster boys of the NFL?

I'd create a poll but I think there will be many more answers than slots in the poll.

ChezPower4
07-17-2009, 02:23 PM
http://blog.kir.com/archives/images/TomBrady%20010708.jpg

TACKLE
07-17-2009, 02:25 PM
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2008/football/nfl/specials/playoffs/2007/01/29/scouts.afc/t1-brady3.jpghttp://i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/scorecard/10/11/brushback.titans/pmanning.jpg

Beans
07-17-2009, 02:26 PM
brady and manning are the first that come to mind

BeerBaron
07-17-2009, 02:26 PM
I think this is a lot harder to do in a much bigger team sport like the NFL. In basketball you have 5 guys on the court at any one time and maybe 3-4 more who contribute regularly.....just slightly more than that in hockey.

And then in things like golf, Nascar and tennis, it's all individual. So there you can really easily be poster boy.

To do it for the entire NFL is very hard though imo. I think you could easily say Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Maybe Adrian Peterson. But after that, there isn't a single player you couldn't make an argument against imo.

the decider13
07-17-2009, 02:29 PM
AD has to be one of the new faces of the NFL. His trading card value is through the roof (like sid and ovechkin) and he is becoming one of the more recognizable people in the league.

As of now though, it is tough to pick between Peyton and Brady.

no bare feet
07-17-2009, 02:32 PM
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

ChezPower4
07-17-2009, 02:33 PM
http://www.usd314.k12.ks.us/Computer2/devanweb/ladainian.jpg

killxswitch
07-17-2009, 02:42 PM
http://www.usd314.k12.ks.us/Computer2/devanweb/ladainian.jpg

Not anymore IMO. Maybe '06 and before he was one of them.

TACKLE
07-17-2009, 02:56 PM
I think this is a lot harder to do in a much bigger team sport like the NFL. In basketball you have 5 guys on the court at any one time and maybe 3-4 more who contribute regularly.....just slightly more than that in hockey.

And then in things like golf, Nascar and tennis, it's all individual. So there you can really easily be poster boy.

To do it for the entire NFL is very hard though imo. I think you could easily say Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Maybe Adrian Peterson. But after that, there isn't a single player you couldn't make an argument against imo.

There's also the whole helmet factor. In sports like basketball, hockey, tennis and golf, you can see their faces. You can put a name to a face and associate the face to the sport. In the NFL, the helmet hurts recognition. When you see the players, you see a team and a number, not the faces. It sounds odd, but when you can see the faces, you tend to have more of a connection with that player. Unless, your an NFL superstar, you can walk down the streets and most people won't recognize you.




Also another guy who is still one of the faces of the league. He was the poster boy of the league until just recently. He is still one of the most popular and most recognizable players in football.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2008/09/22/alg_favre-pass.jpg

Paul
07-17-2009, 03:13 PM
http://i24.tinypic.com/j0hgdj.jpg

TACKLE
07-17-2009, 03:15 PM
http://i24.tinypic.com/j0hgdj.jpg

I laugh every time I see that picture. I don't understand how someone can be so ugly. It looks like a 300lbs ginger chick.

crites09
07-17-2009, 03:49 PM
Chad Ocho Cinco... Terrell Owens.... Everyone knows who they are because of the antics and the mouthes they have... Personally I love every minute of it.

BuddyCHRIST
07-17-2009, 03:54 PM
It's Peyton and Brady far and away, their teams are great and they are more visible with their helmets off. Which is what makes having a super recognizable football player more difficult. Most people who don't watch football know who Peyton and Brady are, can't say the same about alot of other people.

ChezPower4
07-17-2009, 04:02 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Adrian Peterson.

MetSox17
07-17-2009, 04:04 PM
I think it's Peyton Manning pretty easily over Tom Brady. Manning can do NOTHING wrong.

terribletowel39
07-17-2009, 04:10 PM
Call it homer but.....

http://yinzluvsteelers.squarespace.com/storage/troy-polamalu-hair.jpg...just about everyone knows that hair.

Brent
07-17-2009, 04:46 PM
http://cache.deadspin.com/assets/resources/2007/02/sorgimaytag.jpg

Malaka
07-17-2009, 04:53 PM
I think the answer is obviously Manning or Brady, but the big debate is between the two. Personally I'll go with Brady, but thats because of the whole dating supermodel and super bowl rings. Manning makes a good argument though.

This is sort of like Sydney Crosby/Alex Ovechkin in hockey.

Honestly, the answer will almost always be an offensive player, and most likely a QB.

CC.SD
07-17-2009, 04:54 PM
Not anymore IMO. Maybe '06 and before he was one of them.

http://blogs.lubbockonline.com/hero/files/2008/10/fnf-sugarshock2.jpg


Yeah probably true though.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
07-17-2009, 06:15 PM
http://www.thelampoonjournal.com/img/2009/jan/sports/lebrowns.jpg

http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/lebron-james-big-announcement-revealed-3.bmp

Seasonticketholder
07-17-2009, 06:33 PM
As much as some probably would hate to admit it, I would say Reggie Bush. He's everywhere, and easily one of the most widely known NFL players sans Brady and Manning. Of course, it is predicated on his USC days. But here's a guy who can still get nominated for a BET Award for Male Athlete of the Year despite being hurt all season or go to Botswana, Africa, and be instantly recognized by a group of young kids who otherwise only have a periphery awareness about most players in the NFL. If you turn on NFL Network, he's on nearly every highlight commercial. He's been keeping a very low-key profile this off-season and, yet, he still remains one of the most visible faces in the NFL.

Sveen
07-17-2009, 06:52 PM
Tom Brady and Payton Manning

The Great Jonathan Vilma
07-17-2009, 07:04 PM
Brady and Manning. Both are QBs, the faces of franchises, have won Superbowls, consistent winners, record setters, etc. etc. Brady is a center of attention with his wedding and in magazines. Peyton easily is in the most commercials and is from a family that adds to people kniowing him. Dare i also say that they are both white? I'm not throwing anything racist out there, but it is possible. Basketball is skewed considerably, as is hockey, but football has a much more even mix. Not sure if it factors in, but i'm simply throwing that out there.

fenikz
07-17-2009, 07:25 PM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05WKcA338I61L/610x.jpg
this classy young lad

wicket
07-17-2009, 07:30 PM
brady over manning just cuz he is dating gisele bundchen (so full of win)

Malaka
07-17-2009, 07:38 PM
Brady and Manning. Both are QBs, the faces of franchises, have won Superbowls, consistent winners, record setters, etc. etc. Brady is a center of attention with his wedding and in magazines. Peyton easily is in the most commercials and is from a family that adds to people kniowing him. Dare i also say that they are both white? I'm not throwing anything racist out there, but it is possible. Basketball is skewed considerably, as is hockey, but football has a much more even mix. Not sure if it factors in, but i'm simply throwing that out there.

I don't think it has anything to do with that, more along the lines of that their QBs, and well most QBs are white, but the whole Black/White QB is a whole other debate.

trkaline
07-17-2009, 09:23 PM
Ray Lewis because of the whole murder trial thing, and he's a beast

ChezPower4
07-17-2009, 09:33 PM
Ray Lewis because of the whole murder trial thing, and he's a beast

How would being suspected of murder make anyone a good poster boy in any pro sport? If this were the case Pac Man would be the best poster boy ever.

RufusMcDaniel
07-17-2009, 09:54 PM
http://obsessedwithsports.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/dan-orlovsky.jpg

PoopSandwich
07-17-2009, 10:13 PM
Adrian Peterson Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

XxXdragonXxX
07-17-2009, 10:48 PM
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are known by practically everyone, football fan or not. Those are the only 2 you can really say that about.

GB12
07-17-2009, 11:02 PM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05WKcA338I61L/610x.jpg
this classy young ladCall it homer but.....

http://yinzluvsteelers.squarespace.com/storage/troy-polamalu-hair.jpg...just about everyone knows that hair.


Yep, definitely homer on these two. Maybe just about everyone in Pittsburgh knows that hair, but there are at least 20 (probably a lot more) players that fit the question better than Troy. Fitzgerald is another great player, but I don't think he is well known by non football fans. Being on the cover of Madden will help them a bit though.

If I showed a female friend a picture of guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Terrell Owens, Brett Favre, she'd be able to name them. Troy Polomalu on the other hand, not so much.

Shane P. Hallam
07-17-2009, 11:11 PM
Brett Favre

ChezPower4
07-17-2009, 11:16 PM
Brett Favre

Not like he used to be when he was with Green Bay.

d34ng3l021
07-17-2009, 11:39 PM
Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and maybe Adrian Peterson right now easily. The media seems to be doing a good job of hyping this player up for the future though:

http://www.sundaypaper.com/Portals/0/2009/011109/InOut09/news-1-matt-ryan.jpg

I mean, people are taking the best qualities from Manning (work ethic, football IQ) and Brady (leadership, clutch) and comparing it with Ryan (i italicized it because it is just comparison, not to say he will be that good).

GB12
07-17-2009, 11:40 PM
I don't know if it's made him well known to the general public, but it sure has made him overrated.

Shane P. Hallam
07-18-2009, 12:08 AM
Not like he used to be when he was with Green Bay.

That's like saying Tom Cruise isn't as hyped as he was during Rain Man.

Bengalsrocket
07-18-2009, 12:34 AM
I think Peyton Manning is the face of the league at the moment because of his insane commercials. And with how camera ready Sanchez is, it's possible that he could be the face of the league in a few years so long as he doesn't bust.

superman8456
07-18-2009, 12:38 AM
http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/watchdog/blog/brett-favre-si-cover_carton.jpg

ATLDirtyBirds
07-18-2009, 08:05 AM
http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/columnists/jimbaumbach/blog/070813_michaelVick_vmed5p_widec.jpg

BamaFalcon59
07-18-2009, 08:31 AM
Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and maybe Adrian Peterson right now easily. The media seems to be doing a good job of hyping this player up for the future though:

http://www.sundaypaper.com/Portals/0/2009/011109/InOut09/news-1-matt-ryan.jpg

I mean, people are taking the best qualities from Manning (work ethic, football IQ) and Brady (leadership, clutch) and comparing it with Ryan (i italicized it because it is just comparison, not to say he will be that good).

But he will be.

trkaline
07-18-2009, 10:17 AM
How would being suspected of murder make anyone a good poster boy in any pro sport? If this were the case Pac Man would be the best poster boy ever.

Yeah i was going purely off of recognition.

M.O.T.H.
07-18-2009, 10:55 AM
Adrian Peterson Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

lol. The Flux dance. Cant wait for ME2.

bored of education
07-18-2009, 12:13 PM
It will be Aaron Rodgers, Matt Cassel and Matt Ryan!

Gay Ork Wang
07-18-2009, 12:22 PM
It will be Jay Cutler, Matt Cassel and Matt Ryan!
fify
I agree.

DoughBoy
07-18-2009, 12:51 PM
http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/columnists/jimbaumbach/blog/070813_michaelVick_vmed5p_widec.jpg

This......

YAYareaRB
07-18-2009, 12:55 PM
http://www.sf49ers.com/photos/images/2007_49ers_game_photos/49ers_bears/willisbears.jpg

lordquas
07-18-2009, 01:15 PM
p willis scares the **** outta me.

hall of famer for sure

nobodyinparticular
07-18-2009, 01:16 PM
Ray Lewis because of the whole murder trial thing, and he's a beast

5 years ago

http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/columnists/jimbaumbach/blog/070813_michaelVick_vmed5p_widec.jpg

4 years ago

http://www.usd314.k12.ks.us/Computer2/devanweb/ladainian.jpg

3 years ago

http://www.sf49ers.com/photos/images/2007_49ers_game_photos/49ers_bears/willisbears.jpg

Homer pick

Call it homer but.....

http://yinzluvsteelers.squarespace.com/storage/troy-polamalu-hair.jpg...just about everyone knows that hair.

Homer pick

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05WKcA338I61L/610x.jpg
this classy young lad

Homer pick

At this moment (and for the past few years) the clear-cut faces of the NFL are Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. I don't believe you can say one is more important to the NFL than the other, but they are linked together at the hip. "Who is the best QB?" "Who is the best player?" "Who would you start your franchise with?"

Even when people answer with one, their explanation will include the name of the other. I do not believe that one can separate the two.

Staubach12
07-18-2009, 01:34 PM
Peyton Manning is the guy. Tom Brady too, but not as much as Manning IMHO.

Chief49er
07-18-2009, 04:00 PM
Joe Montana

Smokey Joe
07-18-2009, 04:02 PM
http://www.bittenandbound.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/jay-cutler-qb-chicago-bears.jpg

d34ng3l021
07-18-2009, 04:16 PM
http://jcrue.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/cutler1.png

Fixed it for you.

Smokey Joe
07-18-2009, 04:31 PM
Fixed it for you.
You sir just committed a serious sin. Don't be surprised if a football comes flying through your wall and straight through your chest.

lordquas
07-18-2009, 06:15 PM
jay cutler looks blazed

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
07-18-2009, 07:19 PM
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v65/203/34/1097550162/n1097550162_30004225_4517.jpg

Smokey Joe
07-18-2009, 10:05 PM
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v65/203/34/1097550162/n1097550162_30004225_4517.jpg
You know that picture does nothing but turn you on.

AJHawk50
07-19-2009, 02:35 AM
My first thoughts were like many, with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

AJHawk50
07-19-2009, 02:36 AM
Fixed it for you.
lol, nice editing.

holt_bruce81
07-19-2009, 03:03 AM
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Tony Romo

TitleTown088
07-19-2009, 03:49 AM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Adrian Peterson.

'm not. AD is a dick.

ChezPower4
07-19-2009, 11:47 AM
'm not. AD is a dick.

I don't like the guy either, or any Viking for that matter. You can't ignore the fact that he is becoming one the the poster boys for the NFL.

badgerbacker
07-19-2009, 12:36 PM
I don't like the guy either, or any Viking for that matter. You can't ignore the fact that he is becoming one the the poster boys for the NFL.

I have to disagree. On the field, he's obviously one of the best players in the league, but he doesn't seem to have much of a face or personality in the media.

bearsfan_51
07-19-2009, 12:45 PM
I have to disagree. On the field, he's obviously one of the best players in the league, but he doesn't seem to have much of a face or personality in the media.
http://theregulator.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/thats_racist_animated.gif

badgerbacker
07-19-2009, 12:51 PM
It's racist that he doesn't do a lot of commercials and other publicity things? Reggie Bush is black, and he's definitely out there. I'd certainly say Bush is more of a poster boy of the NFL than Peterson.

AJHawk50
07-19-2009, 04:05 PM
I don't like the guy either, or any Viking for that matter. You can't ignore the fact that he is becoming one the the poster boys for the NFL.
I would agree that he is beginning to become one. At the same time, I think 2 more years and he will be right there if he keeps his level of play up. I would say he is not right now, but I can see it coming around. The NEW LT if you will.

OSUGiants17
07-19-2009, 04:32 PM
Fitzgerald and AD will be in a year or 2 if they aren't already.

The Dynasty
07-19-2009, 04:56 PM
I have to disagree. On the field, he's obviously one of the best players in the league, but he doesn't seem to have much of a face or personality in the media.

Im glad he doesn't do the media thing. I rather see him focusing on football more than ads and television commercials. But currently its with out a doubt Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Even if you dont watch football people know who those 2 are.

BlindSite
07-19-2009, 06:19 PM
Based on personality there needs to be more Allen and Portis. Funny mofos

Sniper
07-19-2009, 06:27 PM
You sir just committed a serious sin. Don't be surprised if a football comes flying through your wall and straight through your chest.

...and then gets intercepted by...

http://www3.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Green+Bay+Packers+v+Detroit+Lions+G_vIn0Bxmpcl.jpg

the decider13
07-19-2009, 10:58 PM
This man will always be the poster boy of the NFL...still who I think of.

BOOM!
http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20070216/john_madden_football.jpg

BlindSite
07-19-2009, 11:09 PM
His hair makes me lol.

ChezPower4
07-19-2009, 11:23 PM
John Madden FTW!!!

Scotty D
07-19-2009, 11:24 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080728/20/4225151534.jpg

Thumper
07-20-2009, 01:20 AM
Sad as it may be Pac Man Jones is a very well known.

The Dynasty
07-20-2009, 01:31 AM
Sad as it may be Pac Man Jones is a very well known.

He would be the Poster Boy of what not to do for aspiring football players. He is only known for those reasons too and not what he did when he was on the field.

Addict
07-20-2009, 05:58 AM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080728/20/4225151534.jpg

nuff said. JordyZZZ is the Lord of the NFL.

also, he hasn't been mentioned yet:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007_images/nfl/FVI/ray.lewis.jpg