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Famous American Football Players

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  • Odell Beckham Jr.
    Odell Beckham Jr. American, Football (American)
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    Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. (born November 5, 1992), also widely known as OBJ, is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Beckham played college football at nearby Louisiana State University (LSU), and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 12th overall pick. Since entering the NFL, Beckham has been one of the most productive and popular players, but he has drawn media scrutiny for his conduct on and off the playing field.
  • Mark Sanchez
    Mark Sanchez American football player (born 1986)
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    rank #2 · WDW 50 9 12
    Mark Travis John Sanchez (born November 11, 1986) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 10 seasons. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC), and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. A backup quarterback during his first three years at USC, Sanchez rose to prominence in 2007 due to injuries suffered by starting quarterback John David Booty; he also became popular within the community due to his Mexican-American heritage. He was named the starter in 2008, and led USC to a 12–1 record and won the Rose Bowl against Penn State. Although USC coach Pete Carroll and many scouts considered him too inexperienced, Sanchez entered the 2009 NFL Draft and was selected by the Jets in the first round.
  • Bill Cowher
    Bill Cowher Former American football coach and player
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    rank #3 · WDW 83 3
    William Laird Cowher (born May 8, 1957) is a former American football linebacker, coach, and sports analyst who served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He began his coaching career as an assistant under Marty Schottenheimer for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, serving as the latter's defensive coordinator from 1989 to 1991. Cowher was named head coach of the Steelers in 1992, whom he led until his 2007 retirement. After retiring, he joined The NFL Today as a studio analyst.
  • Tony Romo
    Tony Romo American football player and television analyst (born 1980)
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    rank #4 · WDW 126 80 43
    Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is a former American football quarterback and sports analyst who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football for Eastern Illinois University, where he led the Panthers to an Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2001 and won the Walter Payton Award the following year. Romo signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003.
  • Troy Aikman
    Troy Aikman American football player (born 1966)
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    rank #5 · WDW 67 6 12
    Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). The first overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft, Aikman played 12 consecutive seasons as the starting quarterback with the Cowboys, the most number of seasons by any Cowboy quarterback. During his career he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, led the team to three Super Bowl victories, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. Aikman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and to the College Football Hall of Fame on December 9, 2008 in New York City.
  • Michael Strahan
    Michael Strahan American football player and media personality (born 1971)
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    rank #6 · WDW 138 3 10
    Michael Anthony Strahan (born November 21, 1971) is an American television host and former professional football player who was a defensive end and spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Strahan set a record for the most sacks in a season in 2001, and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots in his final season in 2007. After retiring from the NFL, he became a media personality. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Terry Bradshaw
    Terry Bradshaw American athlete and broadcaster
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    rank #7 · WDW 56 66 10
    Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). Since 1994, he has been a television sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. Bradshaw is also an actor, having participated in many television shows and films, most notably starring in the movie Failure to Launch. He played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979), becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. Bradshaw was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Terrell Owens
    Terrell Owens American football player (born 1973)
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    rank #8 · WDW 37 23 26
    Terrell Eldorado Owens (born December 7, 1973), nicknamed T.O., is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro, Owens holds or shares several NFL records. He ranks third in career receiving yards at 15,934 and third in receiving touchdowns at 153.
  • Reggie Bush
    Reggie Bush American football player (born 1985)
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    rank #9 · WDW 322 105 95
    Reginald Alfred Bush Jr. (born March 2, 1985) is a former American football running back. He played college football at USC, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice and won the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in the nation. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints second overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. While with the Saints, Bush was named an All-Pro punt returner in 2008 and won Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 over the Indianapolis Colts. He also played for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and San Francisco 49ers.
  • Jesse Palmer
    Jesse Palmer Canadian player of American football
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    rank #10 · WDW 40 14
    Jesse James Palmer (born October 5, 1978) is a Canadian TV host, sports commentator, and former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons in the early 2000s. Palmer played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers in the NFL before spending half of the 2006 season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Palmer was cast in 2004 as the bachelor on the fifth season of the reality television series The Bachelor. He went on to become a college football analyst for ESPN/ABC in the United States, and has been a columnist for the website of The Sports Network in Canada. He is also a contributor to ABC's Good Morning America. In 2018, he hosted the kickoff season of The Proposal on ABC. For the past 3 seasons has hosted The Holiday Baking Championship on The Food Network. Jesse is now the host of DailyMailTV since 2017.
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