Mancrush (Part Two): NFL Style
I've already done my Top Five MLB mancrushes, so let's move things over to the NFL.
It would be easy for me to just name five Green Bay Packers, but I did my best to go outside the Frozen Tundra. However, two Packers did make the final cut.
Four of the five guys on this list are receivers in the league, as that is my favorite position to watch play the game.
I try my hardest to get as many of these guys on my fantasy teams as I can, and their stats are always the first ones I check.
So without further ado, I give you my Top Five mancrushes of the NFL.
5. Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.
When he became a standout receiver at the University of Pittsburgh is when I first noticed this guy.
He's tall, quick and good.
In five seasons, Fitz has 426 catches for 5,975 yards, with 46 touchdowns. He averages 14 yards per catch, and has had three 1,400-yards seasons.
Fitz has started all 76 games that he has played, so when he's not out on the field after kickoff, you know something is wrong.
I could watch Fitz's highlight reel catches all day; the man is simply amazing.
4. Andre Johnson
Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL that everybody seems to forget.
People get caught up in Moss, Owens, Ochocinco, etc; they forget about the Texans' No. 80 because he's "stuck" in Houston.
What this guy can do one-on-one is just down right sick.
In six seasons, Johnson has 486 catches for 6,379 yards and 33 TD. He has started all 86 games that he has played.
The low TD total is mostly due to the fact that Houston really hasn't had an outstanding or consistent quarterback to deliver him the ball properly.
Unlike others, I've certainly heard of Andre Johnson, and give him the No. 4 spot on my list.
3. Greg Jennings, Jr.
The first Packer to make the list, and Jennings has the potential to be great.
He'll quickly pass Don Hutson, Sterling Sharpe, Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, and current teammate Donald Driver as the best Packers receiver.
In just three seasons (43 games), he has 178 catches for 2,844 yards with 24 TD. Jennings averages 16 yards per catch, and is already Aaron Rodger's favorite target.
According to the experts, Green Bay was dumb for taking the Western Michigan receiver in the second round of the 2006 draft, but I think there's been a change of tune.
He was said to be too small, and wouldn't be able to do much after the catch, but Jennings has grown into the best YAC-man in the NFL (yards after catch).
Twelve to 85 will get pretty familiar to Packers fans for many years to come.
And for that, Jennings earns the third spot on my list.
2. Lee Evans
This crush started when I saw him play every Saturday for the University of Wisconsin, and it has continued since.
I still don't think that Evans has shown his true potential to the Buffalo Bills, but through five seasons he has 296 catches for 4,744 yards, with 32 TD.
He averages 16 yards per catch and suffers from the same bug as Johnson; Buffalo hasn't had a steady QB to "connect" with Evans.
He may be small, like Jennings, but he too is smart, and knows what to do when he has the ball.
Evans has played and started every single game in his NFL career (80). How's that for durability?
1. Brett Favre
I know what you're all thinking, but I don't care one bit.
I was born and raised a Packers fan, and Brett has been the one constant on that team until...well, you know.
But that hasn't changed my view of him at all. Favre is still, and 4-ever will be, one of the greatest to ever wear the green and gold.
He's tough, fearless, reckless and is just a gunslinger, who grew up playing in the Mississippi mud.
The NFL numbers speak for themselves, but I love this guy because of the way he played the game...like a kid.
Yes he retired and came back, then retired again, and may come back again. It's simply because he loves to play. If he could play forever, he would.
Yes, he owns every significant record there is (including INTs), but when you play as long as he has, and as reckless as Favre has, those things will happen.
The records may not matter, but they are there. The only thing that counts is whether or not he had fun. (He did, by the way)
So can you really fault a guy who doesn't want to walk away from the fun and all his childhood dreams?