It seems so surreal to think that the wait for the 2012 NFL season is over.
It's like the blooming of the first spring flower—times, what's a fair number, 100 billion?
The excitement of each year is marked by the fact that the NFL, unlike other sports, gives us real parity and allows any team to go from a two-win season to being champs of the entire league. The start of the season is truly a blank slate, and it's enthralling knowing any of the 32 teams could hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February.
In addition, the new season brings about interest in individual players. Guys returning from serious injury, highly-touted rookies, veterans in new places and other individual storylines keep us glued to the TV like an old lady watching her soaps—and the music just got extremely intense.
Here are the five guys whose performances we should all be anticipating in 2012.
Hopefully it doesn't end in a dream sequence.