The NFL's All-Pretty Boy Team
In the masculine world of the NFL, some players have gone out of their way to show their affinity for snappy clothes, fancy shoes and a little bit of hair care products.
It may have little impact on their play during the season, but it can create a public persona of being what some consider a pretty boy.
With this in mind, here are a collection of players at almost every position (sorry, offensive lineman/punters) that are the best examples of this way of thinking.
Here is the NFL's All-Pretty Boy team.
Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Perhaps his biggest visual trademark is his hair, which he has styled into multiple looks over the last few seasons.
While it might seem easy to critique Brady for his fashion sensibilities, it's tough to rip on him too much due to his success on the football field (three Super Bowl wins) and personally (marrying Victoria's Secret supermodel Gisele Bundchen).
Running Back: Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
One of the better-dressed players in the league, running back Reggie Bush has always seemed to make his persona more about his actions off the field than on it.
Though his snappy dressing is one part of the label, his celebrity romances (he's been linked with several, most notably Kim Kardashian) and finesse running style also play into the overblown perception of him as more of a pretty boy.
Wide Receiver: Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots
He may not be the big playmaker like he was earlier in his career, but New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has shown a nice amount of fashion sense off the field.
Ochocinco has the clothes to fit almost every situation, and some have noted he usually takes those various pieces and throws them all on at the same time.
Perhaps more importantly, this offseason Ochocinco has cleared all questions of whether he was a good teammate, agreeing to a pay cut in order to stay with the Patriots.
Tight End: Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates says he was the best dressed at his high school, and it's clear he still puts a lot of effort in looking as fashionable as possible.
Perhaps that effort is most clear in the earrings he wears, even during games (as this photo clearly shows).
Offensive/Defensive Line: Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers
We get it, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel. You shaved. Quit being such a pretty boy.
(Actually, Keisel shaved his once-glorious mane in a charity fundraiser to benefit several Pittsburgh-area children's hospitals.)
If it's not apparent already, this is the sarcastic addition to the roster. Only a few months ago, I had him down for my 2011 All-Facial Hair team.
Perhaps a more serious entrant for the position would be the Indianapolis Colts' Dwight Freeney, who frequently comes in on many best-dressed lists.
Also deserving a spot on the line would be the St. Louis Rams' Kendall Langford, who as a Miami Dolphin had his teammates scanning two practice fields for a missing earring that had fallen out during the day.
Linebacker: Sean Weatherspoon, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is not afraid to dress to impress, which was the case when he traveled with the team to Indianapolis.
For the team's flight, he broke out a burgundy velvet sports coat and a bow tie, which received praise from other members of the team.
“When you go the road, you’ve got to be fresh.”
Yes, you do, Sean. Yes, you do.
Secondary: Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of the NFL's most seasoned veterans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber has been considered to be one of the more well-liked faces of the league.
Paired with his brother, Tiki, Ronde was featured in People Magazine's list of sexiest athletes in 2001.
Ronde distinguished himself from his brother by wearing less formal clothing. While Tiki was better known for wearing suits and ties, Ronde was said to prefer to wear clothes untucked.
Special Teams: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
No extra words required here. This photo of Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri pretty simply sums up his addition to this roster.