A Non-fan's Guide to Nfl Players

America, in general, loves football. But if you can't tell a wide receiver from a three-and-out, here's a handy guide to understand what your family and co-workers are talking about, along with fun facts you can drop into conversation.
  1. Rob Gronkowski, TE - New England Patriots
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: viral cat pictures, those Madden 16 commercials. FUN FACT: Gronk, his two brothers and his dad appeared on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud. It didn't go well
  2. JJ Watt, DE - Houston Texans
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: your Midwestern aunt's sex dreams, "Hard Knocks" on HBO, FX's "The League." FUN FACT: after signing a massive, $100 Million dollar deal with the Texans, Watt googled "What do rich people buy?"
  3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: the past two Super Bowls. FUN FACT: Russell is dating singer Ciara, but refuses to have sex with her before marriage.
  4. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Parks and Rec, Amish barn-raisings. FUN FACT: after getting sacked by opposing defenses, Andrew Luck giggles and compliments. It's supposedly incredibly unnerving.
  5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Child abuse allegations. FUN FACT: While serving his suspension last season, AD (his nickname) threw himself an Arabian-themed party, complete with a camel to ride in on.
  6. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Ted 2, Giselle's side, your uncle's jokes about "deflated balls." FUN FACT: Tom Brady famously is terrible at giving or receiving high-fives. Google it for some pretty fantastic GIFs.
  7. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: the catch in the above picture. FUN FACT: His father, Odell Beckham Sr., was featured in Buzz Bissinger's book "Friday Night Lights."
  8. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Key and Peele parody, most awkward press-conferences in history. FUN FACT: a known Skittles enthusiast, Beast Mode (his nickname) was gifted a swimming pool full of the candy by Conan O'Brien.
  9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Madden 16 commercial, the above moment when he accidentally kicked a punter in the face while trying to vault over him. FUN FACT: he was the #1 player in fantasy football last year, so everyone you know who plays wishes he was on their team.
  10. Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: past two Super Bowls, the above interview where he called out Michael Crabtree, the borderline-racist backlash that followed after the interview. FUN FACT: he finished high school with a 4.1 GPA, then attended Stanford. Dude is smart.
  11. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: police sketch of what a rapist looks like, his actual rape allegation. FUN FACT: this guy's a real piece of shit. Here's a good story, though. I once got teamed out for wearing a Michael Vick Eagles jersey by female Second AD who was wearing a Roethlisberger jersey for "supporting a monster." I don't think she appreciated the irony.
  12. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: those State Farm commercials. FUN FACT: Aaron Rodgers is currently dating Olivia Munn, and they have a couple of pretty great lip sync videos you can watch.
  13. Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: he's the quarterback who was so hated by his own teammates, one of them slugged him in the jaw, breaking it. FUN FACT: this is a Jets player we're talking about. There are no fun facts. Only sorrow. Although, George RR Martin is a massive Jets fan. Go figure.
  14. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: #1 fantasy running back last year. FUN FACT: Le'Veon Bell is serving a two game suspension because, when he was pulled over by the cops for driving stoned out of his mind, he told them "I had no idea that was illegal."
  15. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: Papa John's commercials, those Nationwide commercials where he eats a chicken parm. FUN FACT: when Colorado legalized marijuana sales, Peyton bought 22 new Papa John's franchises in the state.
  16. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: the Super Bowl, that snapchat the girl sent out after she banged him. FUN FACT: Edelman is one of the only Jewish players in the NFL.
  17. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    WHERE YOU KNIW HIM FROM: your garbage Florida friend's Facebook page, his rape allegation, that time he stole crab legs from a supermarket, that time he yelled "Fuck her right in the pussy" in the middle of the FSU dining hall. FUN FACT: I sincerely hope this is his only year in the NFL.
  18. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: dating Jessica Simpson in the mid-2000s. FUN FACT: he played a couple of games last season with a broken back. That's determination.
  19. Chip Kelly, Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
    WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM: angry internet commentators, the Wawa closest to Lincoln Financial Field, Oregon. FUN FACT: Kelly runs a no-huddle offense, meaning he tells his players what to do using large cards featuring letters, numbers, and Simpsons characters.