If NFL Players Were Superheroes...
Oftentimes while watching a game, I will see a catch, juke, or pass that will leave me speechless. Now, lately it has become clear that NFL players can be all too human, but every now and again I wonder..."Are these guys real?"
The things they do can be almost super-human at times. So today I'm going to be taking a look at players in NFL history that are or were most like our favorite superheroes. It whittles down to mannerisms, how they played, personality, etc.
For most of Tom Brady's career he has seemed invincible. No matter how hard you try, at the end of the day he'll find a way to be the hero. In his many playoff runs he has been able to slew many valiant opponents.
The Greatest Show on Turf, The Cardiac Cats, The Eagles high flying attack, and so on. Of course even Superman had a kryptonite. I guess for Tom Brady it was the Giants defensive line.
Peyton is like Batman in many ways. Similar to how Batman lacks "superpowers," Peyton lacks many true athletic abilities (e.g. have you ever seen him scramble?).
But throughout his career Manning has confounded more enemies than the famous utility belt, and his array of smarts and field awareness is what wins the day.
I see Eli Manning as Robin. Always in the shadow of another. Most of us will just smile and say "aww look at him trying his best. He thinks he's a real quarterback."
But every now and again he'll rise up and prove everyone wrong. He may not be his brother but he'll get the job done.
Ironman is the perfect personification for Brett. He is and always will be the NFL's "Ironman." It's incredible to imagine a player going 17 straight seasons and counting without ever having a major injury. Most NFL players are lucky to go two.
This one was easy.
Like Nightcrawler, this man was impossible to predict. You think you have him, and then in the blink of an eye he's in a completely different place. You're right on him before you realize that he already left.
Elusive doesn't even begin to describe the moves that Sanders possessed. At times many NFL defenders may have wondered if he truly could "go through walls".
Montana was a total flat-liner. He had Icewater in his veins, and that's why I took the obvious. Here's to Joe Montana...when it came to playing in the clutch he was the NFL's Iceman.
I chose Daredevil because both men battled their respective foes without the luxury of perfect vision. Daredevil was completely blind, and McMahon was blind in one eye, from a childhood accident.
Come On! He was one of, if not the fastest man to ever play the game. Pretty self-explanatory why The Flash would be the choice here.
In the new X-Men movie it was stated, in reference to the character Deadpool "If It weren't for your mouth you'd be the perfect Superhero." Well in Owens's case, if it weren't for the mouth he'd be the perfect football player.
He will burn you again, and again. Whether it was the Vikings or the Patriots. He has given so many defensive coordinators nightmares. In fact you could call him a "Human Torch."
As Cyclops it may be a stretch, but I can't get over the similarity in the fact that neither are ever seen without their visor. Tomlinson is famous for his, whether with San Diego or at TCU.
Like Wolverine he is intimidating, and someone that you do not want to get angry. He will show up with rage and tenacity on every play.