From quarterbacks to defensive lineman, every NFL roster is filled with players, many which most people couldn't pull out of a lineup unless they were going by the player's physical size compared to the average person. There are a few stars, of course, the darlings of the league, that you might recognize, but you have to watch the games to know the average player. How well do you know the faces of NFL players? Can you name these players from an image? Here's a quiz where you can find out!
Unlike the NBA, the NFL does not strongly promote individual players. Where the NBA is all about its stars, pushing their image on television shows and advertisements across the world, the NFL attempts to be team-oriented, choosing to promote a franchise over a player. For many teams, the head coach or the owner is easier to recognize than the linebackers and offensive tackles.
Do you feel like you have a pretty good grasp of the players who fill the rosters of teams across the league? Can you identify the stars who don't really get enough credit despite their importance to the team? If you think you can, get started with this quiz and prove it!
In 2018, Khalil Mack signed a contract extension with the Bears worth $141 million. The contract made him the highest paid defensive player ever.
Rob Gronkowski has often been criticized for his off-the-field antics. However, between the white lines, he is a force to be reckoned with because of his size and physical nature.
After Carson Wentz went down with an ACL tear, many Eagles fans thought the season was over. Little did they know Nick Foles would step in and have one of the greatest playoff runs of any quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
Richard Sherman was a vocal leader of the Seahawks' defense during their Super Bowl run in 2013-14. Sherman often called out opposing players but was known to criticize his own team as well.
Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners. He was the first walk-on player to earn the award.
During the 2016-17 playoffs, Antonio Brown recorded a video of the Steelers locker room after a victory over the Chiefs. Brown was heavily criticized for the video, which included head coach Mike Tomlin talking about the next game against the Patriots.
Since joining the NFL in 2014, Aaron Donald has earned numerous awards for his play. He was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 and named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Luke Kuechly has anchored the Carolina defense for years. During the 2015-16 season, he helped lead the team to the Super Bowl, though they lost to the Broncos.
Aaron Rodgers is an exceptional talent with both in-the-pocket presence and a rocket for an arm. He has earned two NFL MVP awards and won the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XLV.
In 2018, Odell Beckham Jr. signed a contract that made him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. The deal is worth $95 million.
Jalen Ramsey played college football at Florida State where he won a national championship in 2013. He was taken as the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Each year, Le'Veon Bell proves he's the best running back of his generation. However, the Steelers have yet to sign him to a long-term deal, using the franchise tag on Bell in both 2017 and 2018.
In 2012, Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards. The record, held by Eric Dickerson, is 2,105 yards.
Tom Brady has managed to extend his playing career into his early 40s. No quarterback has had success this late in his career, showing just how well Brady takes care of his body.
Saquon Barkley played college football at Penn State where he set several records. Surprisingly, he was taken with the second pick in the 2018 NFL draft by the New York Giants, who many thought would draft a quarterback.
Todd Gurley's career took off his first season in the NFL. He rushed for 1,106 yards and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Von Miller had quite the performance in Super Bowl L. He finished the game with six tackles, two sacks, and forced two fumbles.
Drew Brees spent his first few seasons in the NFL with the Chargers before tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder. After the injury, the Chargers refused to commit long-term to Brees, forcing the quarterback to look elsewhere.
J.J. Watt came into the NFL and quickly made a name for himself as a disruptive force on the defensive line. However, a back injury seems to have slowed him down somewhat, though he is still a productive player.
In 2015, Julio Jones led the league in receptions and receiving yards. He finished the season with 136 receptions for 1,871 yards.
Cam Newton spent one year at Auburn University. That season, he won both the Heisman Trophy and the national championship.
Drafted out of Mississippi State, Fletcher Cox came into the NFL in 2012. From 2015 through 2017, Cox was selected to three straight Pro Bowls.
Joey Bosa missed the first four games of his rookie season because of a hamstring injury. Still, he finished the season with 10.5 sacks and earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
During his MVP season, Matt Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also advanced to the Super Bowl, but the Falcons lost to the New England Patriots.
In the 2016 NFL draft, Ohio State had five players drafted in the first round. Ezekiel Elliot was one of them, drafted fourth overall.
Myles Garrett played three seasons at Texas A&M. Each year, he amassed at least 8 sacks, finishing his college career with 31 sacks.
A.J. Green is one of the most overlooked wide receivers in the NFL. He has had at least 1,000 yards receiving every year except one when he played in only 10 games.
An undersized quarterback, Russell Wilson wasn't drafted until the third round. However, he has since proven that size doesn't matter, making it to four Pro Bowls and winning Super Bowl XLVIII.
Dez Bryant did not really come onto the scene until his third season in the NFL. That year, he caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards.
Harrison Smith led a Vikings defense in 2017 that was the best in the league. The defense finished with the fewest yards allowed per game.
Marshawn Lynch famously ignores the media during interviews. He was heavily criticized for this during Media Day leading up to Super Bowl XLIX when he only gave scripted answers.
Ben Roethlisberger has been with the Steelers since he was drafted by the team in 2004. He was named Offensive Rookie of the Year that season and has since gone on to win two Super Bowls.
Travis Kelce got into trouble while playing college football at Cincinnati for partying during Bowl Week. He was almost thrown off the team but managed to earn his way back.
In 2017, DeAndre Hopkins led the league in touchdown receptions. He finished the season with 13 touchdowns, the most in his career.
While playing college football at Northern Iowa, David Johnson rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three different seasons. He finished his college career with 4,682 rushing yards and 49 rushing touchdowns.
After his rookie season, Jared Goff seemed like a bust for the Rams' franchise. However, with a coaching change following that season, Goff exploded his second year in the league, passing for 3,804 yards.
Devin McCourty has been the starting safety for the New England Patriots since his rookie season in 2010. He has helped anchor a defense that has won two Super Bowls since he joined the team.
Alvin Kamara is a dual-threat running back for the Saints. In 2017, his first season in the league, Kamara rushed for more than 700 yards and caught passes for more than 800 yards.
The Giants offensive line couldn't get much worse than it was in 2017. With the addition of players like Nate Solder, the team hopes to get back to running the football and protecting Eli Manning.
Matthew Stafford is one of only a few quarterbacks to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season. Stafford accomplished this in 2011 after coming off of a shoulder injury.