NFL's 20 Hottest Players: Tim Tebow, Troy Polamalu and More

Joye Pruitt@hoopselectSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2011

NFL's 20 Hottest Players: Tim Tebow, Troy Polamalu and More

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    Tim Tebow is one. Who joins him on this list?
    Tim Tebow is one. Who joins him on this list?Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    The NFL is constantly growing into the most adored sport in America, if it is not already.

    But, the men running the field are becoming more and more desirable as each game clock ticks away. They all may not have made it to the Super Bowl, but that does not stop them from making the hottest list.

    20 and we're off!

20) Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys talk on the sideline during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 25, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals
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    After coming off of a devastating postseason loss for the world’s sweetheart football team, the Dallas Cowboys, Romo was day-to-day before being completely counted out for the 2010 season.

    But minus the lack of game play he managed to keep his stats pretty decent (minus the losses of course). That “L” chased Romo around for the season and did not let up until it had buried their record in the ground.

    But no worries Tony. You’re still 20th best in my book.

19) Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Braylon Edwards #17 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrate on their way to defeating the New England Patriots 28 to 21 victory over the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillet
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    Braylon Edwards may be one of the most interesting players to watch, but probably not for the reasons he would want to be.

    Edwards has the athletic capability to be a massive game changer, but sometimes viewers tune in to see which important passes he will drop or just plain

    miss. Lucky for him, he’s a football bad boy, and what girl doesn't like a bad boy?

18) Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after their 21 to 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (
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    Winning cures all and Michael Vick is pure testament to that.

    After his whole dog fighting debacle, a lot of people cast him aside as a has-been and never again would-be. When Andy Reid took a chance on him and renewed his sense of self, it was the best thing to ever happen to Vick.

    Now he is smiling every day of his Pro Bowl practice and thankful beyond measure for just being there. 

17) Chad Ochocinco, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the final minute of the Bengals 49-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    "Flashy" and "loud," two words that describe Ochocino’s (soon to be Johnson) lifestyle.

    He can back up most of his talk on the field, because he has amazing hands, but still comes up short every season. Still no ring. At least not one that must be earned.

    With his new “fiancee” on his arm, Basketball Wives cast member Evelyn Lozada, his stock just went up—just not in the league.

16) Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Ray Rice is not only one of the newly instated "Young Guns for Gillette" alongside Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, but he has become a household name with zero fumbles, 1220 yards rushing and 556 receiving in 2010. 

    He was not lucky enough to make it past his team’s rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his impeccable performance will more than likely allow him a spot among the elite.

    He looks nice doing it all too.

15) Jason Campbell, QB, Oakland Raiders

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    NAPA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders works out during the Raiders training camp at their Napa Valley Training Complex on August 1, 2010 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    War Eagle! Drafted out of Auburn (like Cam Newton hopes to be) in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft class, Campbell had an average season.

    After playing for the Redskins in his first four seasons, he was shipped to Raider land with a ridiculous owner and a seemingly domestic violence aimed coach.

    He had not had a completion rate lower than 60 percent since his rookie year in Washington, but Oakland’s future looked promising with an 8-8 finish. 

14) Desean Jackson, WR, Phildelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 13: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles on the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 13, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty I
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    Remembered this past season mostly for his punt-return and delayed end zone entrance against the New York Giants for one of the greatest comeback wins in history, DeSean Jackson has been viewed as the new coming of Terrell Owens.

    Huge ego and huge playmaking ability to go with that Philly jersey he sports besides Vick. 

13) Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21.  (Pho
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    Adrian Peterson came out of Oklahoma with rushing records on his back and a mentality equipped to do the same with the Minnesota Vikings.

    He made an immediate impact his rookie season with 1,341 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns to date.

    He is undoubtedly one of the Vikings' most valuable players and without him, they would not have been in the postseason for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

    Adrian is eye candy and an irreplaceable talent. What more could you ask for?

12) Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots looks on against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    It was funnier than ever when Wes Welker stepped up to the podium and intellectually bashed Rex Ryan’s wife and her foot fetish videos before the game against the New York Jets.

    The jokes may not have sit in too well with Jets cornerback Cromartie, but it showed a sense of humor and intelligence that most NFL insults are lacking.

    As a result, Belichick decided not to start the new comedian which may have proved to be the source of their demise, as well as Brady’s poor ball-handling. 

11) Tramon Williams, CB, Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - 2009:  Tramon Williams of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    55 tackles, one sack, six interceptions and a trip to the Super Bowl. This has been the 2010 season for Tramon Williams and he has been spotlighted for his speed more now than ever.

    His small size allows him to be underestimated by his opponents, but he is just fine with proving himself every time the ball snaps.

    Besides being a part of a Packers team led by the almighty Aaron Rodgers, he is an attractive addition to his line. 

10) Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets warms up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty I
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    Take away the fact that Mark Sanchez wiped a booger on his teammate during the AFC Championship game, and you have a pretty mild-mannered elite quarterback on your hands. A nice looking one at that.

    Sanchez may have sub-par regular season performances but his postseason appearances have been ones to marvel at.

    It just sucks that he cannot really seem to get past the AFC championship to go for it all. 

9 Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 12: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the sidelines in the second half of the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Get
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    It’s unfortunate how confused even his smile looks sometimes, but he is still ranked as one of the hottest that the NFL has to offer.

    His team has to sit back as the Steelers and the Packers battle it out on their home turf, but he will be doing it with a smile on his face with the official pizza of the Super Bowl sponsor across his chest, Papa John’s.

8) Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  Sportsman of the Year Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints speaks during the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Celebration  at IAC Building on November 30, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Ima
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    Drew Brees could not pull off another win for a second consecutive Super Bowl season after that amazing run by Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch and the thousands of missed tackles by the Saints defense.

    Thankfully, he has plenty more chances to prove himself, and the loss to the less-than-deserving Seahawks did not tarnish his good name as a great quarterback.

    He is a family man and a charitable one as well.

7) Sam Bradford, QB, St Louis Rams

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 19-6.
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    Sorry ladies, but Sam Bradford’s hair just got buzzed. The out of control and disheveled look just was not for him apparently and Axe let that be known.

    He’s the new spokesman for AXE Hair Products, specifically for buzzed hair care.

    Have to admit, the whole rookie look was fine, but his sophomore season is vastly approaching and if you’re not going to have the best hair, chop it off.

6) Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - JUNE 16:  Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints shows off his ring from Super Bowl XLIV on June 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Reggie Bush has been every cougar’s eye candy since his arrival to the league in 2006 after winning the Heisman Trophy (which was later returned but I could argue for days about that issue).

    He hit the turf running literally, but unfortunately seemed to sputter and drift last season.

    While sports analysts are scratching their heads waiting for Bush to be consistent, girls are watching just to see him take his helmet off one more time.

5) Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers reacts against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/G
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    That hair. That soak me with water from your Gatorade bottle every chance you can hair.

    It was not going to be too long before Clay Matthews was signing a deal of his own, a one-year deal with Unilever’s Suave brand.

    What better stage to endorse than the Super Bowl? It’s blonde, it’s long and it looks great smacking into quarterbacks.

    That signature flex is not too bad either.

4) Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans looks up at the scoreboard in the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Arian Foster, the best running back in the league. I repeat, the best running back in the league.

    Even though his team has those sub-par moments, he is so explosive and elusive that there is no competition for the spot.

    He proved to also be a little poetic while showcasing his talent on ESPN a little while back.

    Humble, attractive and talent beyond spectacular. 

3) Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Name one time Tom Brady was not greeted by screams of men and women (for entirely different reasons a majority of the time, but appreciated all the same).

    Men love his elite field-reads and women love the hair. After engaging in a little back and forth between the Jets camp, he disappointed fans in a battle on his own soil.

    All is not lost. He underwent surgery soon after and will be more than ready to workout with the team and begin next season.

    His best days are not behind him.

2) Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos stands on the sideline during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Tim Tebow has been America’s sweetheart since the moment he stepped onto the field in Florida.

    There were doubters and critics of his potential and he proves them wrong each step of the way.

    With a Heisman trophy, BCS Championship and starting position under his belt there is no telling what he can accomplish under Broncos legend John Elway. 

1) Troy Polamalu, S, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31:  (FILE PHOTO)  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers waits on the sideline before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints won 20-10 over the
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    Troy Polamalu's hair is insured for $1 million by Head & Shoulders. Need I say more?

    Arguably one of the greatest game changers the NFL has ever seen, Polamalu jumps over the line of scrimmage and disrupts plays in ways that cannot be taught.

    He symbolizes what the Pittsburgh defense stands for as well as the all-around toughness that has gotten them to the big game time and time again.

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