Football is one of those sports that is jam-packed with action and excitement. The brutal hits, the jaw-dropping jukes, and the last-minute heaves to win the game are only a few reasons why the NFL has garnered so much love throughout the years. But, what would the game be without iconic players that left their mark on the field?
“Broadway Joe” Namath
Joe was a great football player who was able to lead his team to a Super Bowl championship. Playing for the New York Jets for almost his entire NFL career, Joe was named the Super Bowl MVP, a four-time AFL MVP, and he ultimately was able to get his jersey number, 12, retired with the New York Jets. Throughout his career, Joe was able to complete 1,886 passes and an outstanding number of touchdowns.
He was a huge threat on the field but he was also busy off of the field. He hosted his own TV show, starred in a number of movies, and appeared in various shows. You can really tell that Joe had a passion for whatever he was doing and he always made sure to give it his all.
Bradshaw was another great quarterback who was a fierce athlete and competitor. He was able to lead the Steelers to victory four times and win multiple MVP titles. Winning four Super Bowl championships in the span of six years is no small feat and neither is making it into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. I am impressed by not only his physical feats but also how he was able to strategize and make bold plays when it mattered the most.
Another football player who I really admire is Pat Tillman. He was a star defensive back and had just signed a major contract with the Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the US Army. His service in Iraq after the gave hope to the American people during the darkest times. His bravery and commitment to our country is an inspiration to not only myself but thousands of others as well.