Can You Name These 21st Century NFL Stars?

By: 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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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?

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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?!

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!

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!

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"!

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.

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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