15 NFL Personalities We'd Love to Have a Beer with
The NFL community is filled with players, coaches, owners and others who run the gamut of personality types. The "No Fun League" has plenty of people who are entertaining, outgoing and funny, but also those who give credence to the league's unofficial nickname.
Roger Goodell's constant whining and fining kills any chance he has of grabbing a beer with the Bleacher Report staff. There would be a constant fear of saying something out of line and having to buy the next round.
Some of the these suggestions will have solid reasoning behind them. Others will be a guess.
Either way, whether it's a microbrew or a domestic, we'll have another.
Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts Owner
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is constantly tweeting about something off the wall. Half of it doesn't make sense, but you get the impression that he is enjoying himself.
If you're heading out on the town for a beer, that's exactly what you're looking for right? He likes to tweet about music, football and all sorts of random stuff, so the conversation would stay lively and varied.
If nothing else, maybe he'll let you borrow his Super Bowl Ring to approach co-eds.
Justin Durant, Detroit Lions Linebacker
One of the keys to a good night out is great music. Enter Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant.
Music is a passion for the young run-stuffer. So much so that he contributes to the Detroit News website regularly regarding the topic.
In addition, his Twitter feed is jammed with him interacting with fans. Somebody order this man a beer.
Joe Montana, Former San Francisco 49er Quarterback
Joe Montana is revered all over the country with the possible exception of Cincinnati. Joe led so many comeback wins for the San Francisco 49ers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish that he earned the nickname "Joe Cool."
The nickname is enough to earn the privilege of making this list, but his Super Bowl rings don't hurt.
It should also be pointed out that he always appears to be smiling, so he must be alright with having a good time. Additionally, when's the last time you heard someone say something negative about Joe?
Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots Wide Receiver
Chad Ochocinco's inaugural season with the New England Patriots hasn't been as successful as Chad would have liked. He has only 11 receptions and has yet to grab a touchdown.
However, he hasn't complained. In today's world of prima donna wide receivers, that shouldn't be dismissed.
Besides the above, he is always smiling and having a good time. Say what you will about the man, but he seems genuinely happy.
You never know where the night will lead with him either. You might just end up on the mechanical bull you've been avoiding.
Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions Head Coach
Jim Schwartz has caught some heat this year for his demonstrative intensity. The Detroit Lions have followed his lead to a 6-3 record.
That alone would be worth a beer in Detroit, but Schwartz runs much deeper than anticipated. He is as comfortable breaking down offenses as he is discussing literature.
Also, if you're not going to have that beer with a player, might as well do so with a person you know is willing to scrap if things go down.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills Running Back
Fred Jackson isn't as flashy as many of the other guys on this list. That's what makes the Buffalo Bills running back the perfect dude to grab a brew with.
His story is one of perseverance and determination. It'd be inspiring to kick back and listen to the adventure straight from the source.
Anyone who battles their way from a Division III school, through multiple indoor football leagues and NFL Europe to finally end up in the NFL has to be a rock-solid guy.
Peter King, NFL Writer for Sports Illustrated
Many writers who cover the NFL aspire to have the career of Peter King. If they aren't envious of his skills, writers would at least desire the position he holds.
King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" is a must-read for every NFL fan. It would be excellent to discuss football with him and hear the stories from his long career.
Lastly, and most importantly, the man knows beer as evidenced by MMQB section entitled "Beernerdness." Thus if you can't pick between the Bell's Two-Hearted or a Dirty Bastard Ale, he would be able to provide quality input.
Clinton Portis, Free Agent Running Back
Clinton Portis, formerly of the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins, is still looking for work. If anyone needs a beer, it's the former Pro Bowler.
His antics are well-documented. He would commonly address the media under one his alter-egos.
So whether it's "Kid Bro Sweets" or "Dollah Bill," you're guaranteed a good time.
Al Davis, Former Owner of the Oakland Raiders
This selection is a tribute and a wish that will go unfulfilled. Al Davis may not have been as successful later in his football life, but he is one of the pillars who helped build the NFL into the behemoth it is today.
The stories Davis could spin would be plentiful and engaging. How many people have sued the NFL successfully or repeatedly thumbed their nose at the commissioner?
His legacy is the Raiders Nation and they will gladly carry it on. Maybe in lieu of Mr. Davis, we'll just have to settle for a beer in "the Black Hole."
Rest in peace, Mr. Davis.
Troy Aikman, Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback
The Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s were a dynasty. More importantly, they were a crazy party-loving bunch.
Troy Aikman wasn't really a part of the whole party scene according to the entertaining Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty by Jeff Pearlman.
Regardless, he may be able to tell you all the stories without any of the bias or cover-up. Also, he probably knows a little about football too.
Jay Glazer, Fox Sports NFL Insider
Jay Glazer is a man's man. He loves football and the MMA. Here's to guessing he doesn't mind a few brews either.
Glazer seemingly knows everyone in the NFL and breaks the majority of the big stories. His reputation as a "NFL insider" is well-regarded.
Additionally, he has fought professionally although he hasn't done it since 2003. If you can't enjoy a beer with this man, you just may not be the beer-drinking type.
Mike Ditka, Former Head Coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints
Mike Ditka has been to the top of the coaching profession with the Chicago Bears and seen some hard times with the New Orleans Saints.
That isn't the only reason he would be a worthy candidate to share a frosty beverage. The man is never scared to speak his mind and would give it to you like it is.
Also, he would have stories of what it was like to play in the days before TMZ, Twitter and the 24-hour news cycle. You can bet there are things that the public doesn't know and never will.
Dhani Jones, Free Agent Linebacker
Dhani Jones is much more than a football player. He played 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, but that isn't what defines him.
Jones has been the main attraction on a show with the Travel Channel where he travels the world. Additionally, he hosted a game show this past summer.
Just in case you're worried about his football credentials, he won the 1997 National Championship with the Michigan Wolverines.
So go ahead and order that import, and let Dhani inform you about it's origins.
Joe Namath, Former New York Jets Quarterback
Joe Willie Namath has the bravado of 10 men.
He has guaranteed a Super Bowl win for the heavy underdog New York Jets and followed through on it. He has also made his desires to kiss Suzy Kolber known on national television.
You can be sure that he won't be afraid to say whatever comes to mind.
Order a few beers and maybe a shot of whiskey. Joe has some stories to tell.
John Madden, Former Oakland Raiders Head Coach and Color Commentator
Many people will dismiss this selection because of John Madden's simplified analysis while on television. These people are completely incorrect.
Madden has forgotten more about football in the last 15 minutes than the most ardent fan will learn in a lifetime. The wisdom he could bestow on a fellow over a couple cold ones would be astounding.
Not to mention, maybe he could get the hook-up on the early release of Madden 2013.