Since the turn of the 21st century, the NFL has continued to be one of the most popular pro sports leagues on the entire planet. Many of the best players are household names in America and around the world. How much do you really think you know about NFL stars who have played since 2000?
Yes, you already know that Tom Brady is the celebrated quarterback of the New England Patriots. But do you know where he rode the bench for much of his college career? And do you have any idea how many NFL records he’s broken as a starter in the pros?
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is exceedingly short (5’11) by NFL standards. But he’s already accomplished things much taller (and more highly anticipated) quarterbacks have failed to do — including winning the Super Bowl. What do you know about the NFL’s other underrated stars?
Although QBs get most of the glory, the NFL is full of other big names. There are the beefy, powerful linebackers like Von Miller, Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner, and Vic Beasley. Do you know any other current defensive players who blow up plays with regularity?
From running backs like David Johnson and Jay Ajayi to wide receivers such Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant, today’s NFL is packed with more amazing players than ever before. Take our NFL stars quiz now and see if you know these 21st century gridiron warriors!
Who was the sixth overall pick of the 2011 draft and is now a star receiver with the Falcons?
In college, receiver Julio Jones was lucky enough to win a BCS Championship at Alabama. He’s still a southern boy, but now he plays for the Falcons, where he's the go-to man for Matt Ryan.
Who is the only QB to win five Super Bowl titles in the 21st century?
He was a sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan when he landed in coach Bill Belichick’s sphere of influence with the Patriots. Under Belichik’s tutelage, Tom Brady went on to win five Super Bowl titles, tied for the most ever.
Which player was selected as AP Player of the Year for TWO different positions in 2015?
Khalil Mack is so good that he was picked as the AP’s Player of the Year for two positions — outside linebacker and defensive end, with the Raiders. He also still holds the NCAA’s record for forced fumbles, which he recorded while at the University of Buffalo.
He’s a free safety who helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl versus the Broncos. Who is he?
The texture of the game changes when safety Earl Thomas is on the field for the Seahawks. His vicious hitting ability and leadership is a primary reason the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Broncos.
He’s the QB who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Who is he?
Foles seemed doomed to a permanent backup role when injuries thrust him to the starting position in Philadelphia. He led the Eagles to an unexpected triumph against the Patriots — and was named the game’s MVP, to boot.
He was a very consistent QB for the Redskins and now plays for the Vikings. Who is he?
Cousins did everything right in his campaigns for the Redskins, but when his price tag went too high, the club shipped him off to the Vikings. Given the Redskins' organizational disarray, the move may be a very good one for this star QB.
Which QB led his team to a win over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV (2009 season)?
In 2009, with New Orleans still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Drew Brees led the Saints on a tour de force during the regular season. Then, in the Super Bowl, he led a rally to beat the Colts, led by QB Peyton Manning, 31-17.
He’s a star tight end for the Chiefs and also starred in his own dating TV show. Who is he?
Kelce is the dashing young tight end for the Chiefs, one who seems capable of taking Ron Gronkowski’s throne as best tight end in the league. He’s also the star of a dating TV show called "Catching Kelce."
He has Thor-like hair and plays linebacker for the Packers. Who is he?
Clay Matthews bounds around the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field with his long golden locks streaming from out of his helmet. In 2010, he had 13.5 sacks en route to a season that found the Packers winning the Super Bowl.
This QB led the Chiefs to two consecutive division titles and was then traded to Washington. Who is he?
Smith was one of the steadiest QBs in the league during his stint with Kansas City ... but he couldn’t help the Chiefs find success in the playoffs. He’ll try to take his game to the next level with the Redskins