Can You Name These 21st Century NFL Stars?

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J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Calling all NFL fans! Are you ready for some football!?  
It's time to see just how well you know the newest class of NFL stars. We're talking 21st century stars ... think you're up for the challenge?!

From Tom Brady ... of course!!! to Drew Brees, and J.J. Watt to Calvin Johnson, the NFL is no stranger to pure amazing talent. But do you know these faces well enough to recognize them from a photo? It's going to take a lot of running routes to ace this quiz. If you can handle it, we might just put you on the list too!

You see, each year teams across the NFL scout and develop talent on the field. The veterans of yesterday give way to the rookies of today - all of whom bring fresh attitudes and impressive skills to the game. Together, the stars of the past and those of the future work alongside each other. They push each other to new heights, all the while entertaining fans each and every week. If they've done their job well, then you should have no trouble recognizing them from these photos! 

It's time to put your helmet on and head down the field! We're putting your 21st century NFL knowledge to the test ... set, set, HUT!

Who is this NFL star?

Tom Brady was the biggest surprise to come out of the 2000 NFL Draft. Selected in the 6th round by the New England Patriots, he is now considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, making eight Super Bowl appearances!

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Can you name this NFL star?

Did you know that Michael Strahan spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants? In 2007, his final season, he helped his team win the Super Bowl.

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How about this one?

As the fifth overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft, LaDainian Tomlinson played 11 seasons in the league. In 2006, he was named NFL Most Valuable Player, NFL Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year!

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So far, so good! How about him?

After playing college football at Fresno State University, Lorenzo Neal was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1993. He played until 2009 with eight other teams, and is widely considered one oft he best blocking fullbacks of all time.

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Recognize this player?

An eight-time Pro-Bowler, Marvin Harrison played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Indianapolis Colts. He retired in 2008 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Think you can name this NFL star?

Randy Moss is most definitely a star of the 21st century. He holds several NFL records, including single-season touchdown receptions (23 in 2007) and single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17 in 1998). He is second on the NFL all-time regular season touchdown reception list with 156!

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Which player is this?

A 14-time Pro-Bowler, Tony Gonzalez was a tight end in the NFL for 16 seasons. He played for the Chiefs and the Falcons and retired in 2013 with 1,325 receptions.

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Who is this 21st century star?

Walter Jones was the sixth overall pick of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played with the Seattle Seahawks his entire career, starting in 180 games and going to the Pro Bowl 9 times.

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He is a notable player, who is he?

Jonathan Ogden was drafted and played his entire NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. He was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Can you recognize this one?

Alan Faneca played 13 seasons in the NFL as a guard. A nine-time Pro-Bowler, Faneca also won Super Bowl XL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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How about him?

Steve Hutchinson was an offensive guard who played at the University of Michigan before he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played 12 seasons in the League, starting in 169 games!

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Who is this NFL star?

Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1971, Kevin Mawae was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in 1994. He also played for the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans before retiring in 2009.

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Think you know who this is?

Did you know that Dwight Freeney was the NFL sacks leader in 2004? He was also a Super Bowl champion in 2006 and later named a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team!

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Who is this?

Did you know that Edgerrin James is the Indianapolis Colts' all-time leader in career rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns?! He is also 12th on the NFL all-time rushing list, and a member of the 10,000 Yards rushing club.

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Which NFL player is this?

Warren Sapp played in the NFL from 1995 - 2007, winning the Super Bowl in 2002. He was played in 198 games during his career and had a total of 572 tackles and 96.5 sacks!

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Recognize him?

Richard Seymour was selected sixth overall by the New England Patriots in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was a member of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams!

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Can you name this NFL star?

Derrick Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995 and played his entire career with them until 2008. Did you know that his number 55 was retired by the Bucs?

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What about this one?

Ray Lewis played his entire 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens. As a middle linebacker, he helped the team win two Super Bowls in 2000 and 2012.

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Keep going! Who is this NFL star?

Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2000, Brian Urlacher was a linebacker in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, and named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.

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Can you name this player?

Champ Bailey was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1999. Did you know that he was the NFL interceptions leader in 2006?!

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How about this one?

Though Charles Woodson could play offensive and defensive positions, he played the majority of his career as a cornerback. He was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and later NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009!

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Do you recognize this star?

After playing college football at Clemson, Brian Dawkins was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996. During his 16 year career, he had 1,131 tackles and 37 interceptions!

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Which NFL star is seen in this photo?

Standing just 5 feet 11 inches tall, Ed Reed was a safety who played for the Ravens, Texans and Jets from 2002 - 2013. He holds the NFL records for interception return yards!

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How about this photo?

Born in Yankton, South Dakota, Adam Vinatieri is an undrafted kicker who has been in the league for more than 22 years! He has won four Super Bowls - three with the Patriots and one with the Colts.

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The 21st century knows him well... who is it?

Peyton Manning spent 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before heading to the Denver Broncos for his last four seasons. He, along with Tom Brady, is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time!

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Who is this NFL star?

Jamal Lewis was drafted 5th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. His career in the NFL was just nine seasons long, but he is remembered for contributing to the Super Bowl winning Ravens in his rookie year!

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Which NFL player is seen here?

Tony Richardson played college football at Auburn and joined the Cowboys as an undrafted practice squad member in 1994. By 2010, he had made three trips to the Pro Bowl and was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team!

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Can you name this NFL player?

Known simply as T.O., Terrell Owens played in the NFL as a wide receiver for 16 seasons. Over the course of his career, he caught for 15.934 yards - which places him at number two all-time in NFL history!

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Do you recognize this NFL star?

Antonio Gates has played for the Chargers since 2003. He is the franchise's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns!

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Which 21st century NFL star is seen here?

Will Shields played his entire NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Did you know that in all of his 14 seasons, he never missed a game?! He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

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And here?

Did you know that Julius Peppers was the 2nd overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft? He has played for the Panthers, Bears, and Packers - earning nine trips to the Pro Bowl and being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002.

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How about this one?

Tajuan Law played cornerback in the NFL for 15 seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl five times, winning Pro Bowl MVP once. He also won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots!

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Recognize him?

After being chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 NFL Draft, Troy Polamalu went on to spent his entire 12-year career with the team. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and also helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls - XL and XLIII!

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Which NFL star is this?

It's hard not to think of Aaron Rodgers when you think of 21st century stars! Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, six-time Pro-Bowler, Super Bowl Champ and Super Bowl MVP. He has played with the Green Bay Packers since 2005.

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Keep going now, who is this?

DeMarcus Ware was an outside linebacker and defensive end in the NFL from 2005 - 2017. Did you know that after his final season with the Broncos, he signed a one-day contract with Dallas so that he could retire as a Cowboy?!

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Can you name this NFL star?

Arian Foster was an NFL running back for the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins from 2009 - 2016. A four-time Pro-Bowler, he is remembered for his "namaste" bow after he scored a touchdown!

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How about this one?

Did you know that Calvin Johnson played with the Lions for his entire 8 year career? In fact, he only ever signed one contract - an eight-year $132 million contract with the Lions - one of the largest in sports history!

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Do you recognize this NFL player?

Darrelle Revis, now retired, is remembered as one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history. He was a seven-time Pro-Bowler and those who knew him well were familiar with "Revis Island"!

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Which NFL star is this?

After playing college football at Wisconsin, J.J. Watt was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011. Did you know that he received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons? He was also the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

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Last one! Can you name this 21st century NFL star?

Quarterback Drew Brees has been in the NFL since 2001. Did you know that he has passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times? To put that in perspective, no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once!

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