Michael Vick, Troy Polamalu: The NFL's 25 Most Athletically Gifted Players

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Michael Vick, Troy Polamalu: The NFL's 25 Most Athletically Gifted Players
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The NFL is a league where willpower, instincts, intelligence and hard work are huge determining factors for success; but at the end of the day, none of those are as important as good old-fashioned athleticism.

While all of the players in the NFL are fantastic athletes not all NFL players are created equal. While not being the best athlete does not mean that you can’t be a great player, it certainly helps.

So what makes an athlete in my mind? To me, athleticism is based upon, size, weight, strength, speed, quickness, quick feet, hip fluidity, explosion, acceleration, hand-eye coordination, jumping ability and the ability to contort one’s body midair and balance.

In other words, a god-body, an athlete who while in the womb was personally touched by the gods themselves to make said athlete into something that transcends what most people consider humanly possible.

That is a lot to chew on, a lot more complicated than the definition given for athlete in the dictionary. 

The following is a list of the 25 most athletic players in the NFL in no specific order. It should not surprise that most of the players on this list are stars, because while being a supremely-talented athletic freak doesn’t guarantee success, it certainly helps.

It does not matter if a guy is a jerk, lazy or has a bad attitude. If he is playing in the league and is a top-notch athlete he will make this list. 

*Rookies are not eligible for this list.

*Go to the end for a special bonus slide. 

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