Parents can have reason to worry when they hear their daughter is bringing a guy to meet them. Whether it’s the guy’s job, or attitude, or background, there is usually something that can raise at least some concern.
With that said, there are quite a few NFL players that would be a good fit with any parents.
Combining qualities such as intelligence, on-field success, and the lack of a criminal record, here’s a list of six athletes that any parent would be happy to see with their daughter.
Myron Rolle, the Tennessee Titans safety is a winner on and off the field.
When many players struggle to remain academically eligible, Rolle finished his undergraduate coursework at Florida State University in two and a half years. Rolle was named a Rhodes Scholar in 2009, and stepped away from the game for a year to earn a Masters in medical anthropology at Oxford University.
While his NFL career so far hasn’t been amazing by any standard, it’s easy to say he’s got a bright future ahead (especially with his plans to go to medical school after his playing days are over).
While many other 26-year-olds are slowly rising up the corporate ladder, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is taking a major leadership role on his team’s defense. With only a few years of experience, Willis has proved himself to be one of the league’s best.
He’s also taken up some charitable side projects, including working to fight childhood cancer with teammate Takeo Spikes.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has won over (most) critics with a mix of strong play on the field and a sense of humility off it.
In addition to winning two national titles while at Florida and a Heisman Trophy, he’s also been highly active in charity and faith-based community service.
It’s never a bad idea to have someone who can protect your daughter from trouble. Why not Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh?
In addition to being a terror on the field, he’s developed a strong reputation for his generosity off the field (including a record $2.6 million donation to his alma mater, the University of Nebraska).
Not a bad combo.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t had the greatest win percentages of starters in the league, but he’s proven himself to be smart as a whip.
In addition to being one of the few Ivy League graduates currently in the NFL, Fitzpatrick reportedly scored a 48 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic Test, one of the best scores in the test’s history (and he finished the test in only nine minutes.)
Some parents may also be thrilled that the grizzled Fitzpatrick shaved his beard, even over objections and petitions from fans.
Many parents would say to their daughter that New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker is a great catch.
A perennial Pro Bowler, Welker also scores points for his charity work, primarily his Wes Welker Foundation, which helps underprivileged children.