Tim Tebow and the 5 Best Unconventional Players in the NFL

Mike StangerCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2011

Tim Tebow and the 5 Best Unconventional Players in the NFL

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    They say that there is more than one way to skin a cat.

    I'll have to take their word for it.

    But there is definitely more than one way to play the game of football. Most players go the conventional way, following the well-worn path laid down by the elders of the NFL.

    Then there are those players that march to a slightly different drummer—they arrived at their destination via a non-traditional route.

    Or, to put it another way, they have skinned the NFL cat a little differently.

    Tim Tebow is one those players. 

    He plays the game like it was meant to be played—in 1955. He is a man after his time. Compared to him, Joe Kapp looks like Aaron Rodgers

    Tebow may not look pretty doing it his way, but he gets positive results.

    He is not alone, however, in achieving a common goal through uncommon means. Others around the NFL have gone about business in an unconventional way as well.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    Drew Brees plays quarterback at a high level, which can be considered unconventional.

    However, it is his size that is truly unconventional. While guys like Ben Roethlisberger (6'5"), Peyton Manning (6'5") and Tom Brady (6'4") stand like redwoods over the line, the diminutive Brees (6'0") is more like a maple or a spruce.

    Despite his stature, Brees has passed for more than 40,000 yards and 272 touchdowns. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl MVP.

Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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    Speaking of redwoods, Philip Rivers is another quarterback who has been successful unconventionally.

    Even though he stands tall (6'5"), he throw small. Rivers has an unconventional sidearm release that almost negates his height. He basically slings the ball.

    This season notwithstanding, Rivers has been a successful quarterback in the NFL with his unorthodox throwing motion, passing for 23,000 yards and being voted to the Pro Bowl three times.

Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    Arian Foster runs like a first-round draft pick. Unfortunately for Foster and his agent, he was an undrafted free agent and gets paid accordingly.

    Foster led the league last year in rushing yards (1,616) and touchdowns (16), unconventional feats for an undrafted player. 

    This year, he is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,066) despite missing two games due to injury.

    Hopefully for him, his salary will soon be commensurate with his playing numbers.

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Troy Polamalu definitely plays unconventionally. His athletic ability and explosiveness make him capable of doing it all—blitzing the quarterback, playing the run or dropping back into coverage.

    However, his true unconventionality comes in his training regime. Polamalu trains at the Sports Science Lab, employing a regime that doesn't require him to lift more than 20 pounds at a time.

    Although Polamalu's training style may seem unconventional, one can't argue with the results.

Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

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    Darrelle Revis is definitely an island.

    Playing in a league that has all but made it illegal to cover wide receivers, Revis has become, quite possibly, the only shutdown corner in the NFL.

    He is able to play this unconventional style well—he has been voted to the Pro Bowl three times in his four seasons playing in the NFL.