NFL Players with the Best Fashion Sense

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2014

NFL Players with the Best Fashion Sense

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    Don't let those helmets and tattered jerseys fool you, the National Football League is home to some of the sharpest dressers in all of sports.

    Fashion has always been a prodigious part of the game. Athletes are incredibly popular, meaning (by default) that brands want them to represent their products. Being able to dress immaculately and carry a robust amount of swagger outside of the locker room is important.

    With all of that being said, it's time now to peek behind the curtain and find out exactly who these guys are. Let's now unveil a few NFL players who have a great fashion sense.

Larry Fitzgerald

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    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has consistently been one of the best dressers. His style is elegant and simple.

    Unlike some of his NFL peers, Fitzgerald doesn't really take any risks with his wardrobe. Instead, he opts for a classic look, which fits his personality and style of play.

    His calling card has been the way he's able to put together outstanding suits. In fact, his suits are so sought after that GQ Magazine wrote about them.

    The veteran has done so much over his illustrious career. He's not only become a staple of the Cardinals' offense, but he's also made a name for himself off the field with his style.

Tom Brady

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    You knew this one was coming, right? New England Patriots lead man Tom Brady has always had a keen eye for fashion.

    Brady has been on the covers of a ton of fashion-related publications over the years for his style—being married to a super model has also cranked up his credibility.

    With Gisele Bundchen by his side, he's gone from being a sixth-round draft pick to the NFL's undisputed king of style. Not bad for a kid from San Mateo, California.

Victor Cruz

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    Playing just outside of New York City, you have to embrace style and all it can do for your career. Victor Cruz has done that.

    The New York Giants pass-catcher takes the world of fashion and all it has to offer very seriously. His style is a combination of vintage and modern looks. There are times where he dresses like he's an extra in Mad Men, and others were he looks like he could be cutting financial deals in a dark room on Wall Street.

    Cruz has taken that love of fashion to the public. He's submitted a photo diary to Vanity Fair and also used Instagram to show off all of his different looks.

    Without question, Cruz has definitely earned himself a spot on this list.

Cam Newton

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    Cam Newton is the anti-Larry Fitzgerald. When you talk about guys who take risks with their personal style, Newton is one of the first names that comes to mind.

    His postgame press conferences are filled with venturesome color patterns and pocket squares. Some outfits may be considered a bit too crazy for most people, but overall Newton has the confidence to pull it off.

    He's got a level of bravado with his play on the field and with his wardrobe off it.

DeMarco Murray

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    Did you know the NFL's leading rusher is also one of the most dapper athletes in the sport today? DeMarco Murray falls into that "classic" category.

    His clean-cut suits, complimented by sharp angles, provide a real GQ element to Murray's game. In the picture placed above this verbiage, you'll see exactly what we're talking about.

    Overall, Murray's look works. He knows how to successfully blend colors to make his motif stand out.

Marqise Lee

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    Veterans aren't the only guys who know how to dress. Take Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee, for example.

    Lee showed up at the 2014 NFL Draft rocking a fresh pink suit. Most guys will tell you that pink is a difficult color to pull off. The ex-USC Trojan had no issues with it.

    Everything about his draft getup synced in a harmonious way.

    The fact that Lee is an up-and-coming NFL player with style makes him valuable to brands. Recently, he's been featured on the apparel company Under Armour's Twitter account, rocking their latest line of gear.

Darrelle Revis

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    When it comes up to dressing up for a special occasion or event, New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis is at the top of his class.

    But where Revis' real style shines through is by way of his extensive and enthralling sneaker collection. Follow him on Instagram and see for yourself. He has a stockpile of some of the most sought-after kicks ever to hit shelves.

    Like his marketing manager John Geiger, Revis is always bringing that sneaker goodness to the world. Sometimes in life, it's not always about suits and ties. The great part about fashion is that it comes in all shapes and sizes.

Clay Matthews

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    This isn't a typo. Clay Matthews, one of the game's top edge-rushers, is actually a top-notch dresser.

    He's another player who loves his suits. At big events, he always lands in that best-dressed category. As the anti-Steve Harvey, Matthews' ensemble is always fitted and forward-thinking.

    He may be a savage on the gridiron, but off the field he's setting the tone for how linebackers in this league should carry themselves.

Calvin Johnson

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    Calvin Johnson's style has become a big part of his image.

    Brands have taken notice, incorporating him into their marketing plans. He's done ads for Acura, been featured in GQ Magazine and has even recorded a series of Nike commercials with Diddy.

    Johnson's personal brand runs deep—and for good reason. He's a special playmaker who has a raw blend of size and speed. The fact that he dresses so well makes the man they call Megatron one of the league's top vessels for marketing.

Khalil Mack

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    The last man to wind up on this list is Oakland Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack.

    Mack has quickly become one of the best first-year defensive players, despite being buried underneath an avalanche of Raiders' sadness.

    The young Raider stalwart's fashion sense isn't radical. Instead, he opts for bold colors and matches them perfectly with a modern twist. His outfit at the NFL draft was indicative of that.

    Turn on the film and you'll notice that Khalil Mack is already a very good football player. As he continues to develop into one of the league's brightest stars, his fashion sense should follow suit and get broadcast to a wider audience.