Can You Match the NFL Player to His Hometown?



By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

Image: Jim Arbogast/Digital Vision/Getty Images

About This Quiz

Sometimes, it's hard to imagine that a popular NFL athlete came from somewhere other than the city where he plays football. However, every NFL player has a hometown where he grew up with a family, a house, and perhaps a dog. How well do you know some of the best players in the league, particularly where they grew up? Here's a quiz where you can test your knowledge on just that!

NFL players often become associated with the city where they play football. It's a tradition as they become icons in their respective cities for their leadership, charitable acts, and on the field play. 

When a player is traded away, there is often a huge backlash from fans in the city who don't want to see their favorite player go. An NFL player becomes so associated with the city where they play that it's almost as if they were born and raised there. The city becomes their home, and the fans are their family. 

Are you going to be able to recall where the players listed in this quiz grew up? It won't be the easiest task for any NFL fan. If you think you can handle the challenge, go ahead and give this quiz your best shot! 

Once part of the Legion of Boom, what town is Richard Sherman from?

Richard Sherman left the Seahawks in 2018 to join the San Fransisco 49ers. Many Seahawks' fans saw this as a betrayal since the 49ers are a division rival.


Aaron Rodgers is a former NFL MVP. What town does he call home?

Aaron Rodgers was supposed to be one of the first picks in the 2005 NFL draft. He ended up slipping to the end of the first round where he was taken by the Packers.


A favorite target of Tom Brady, where is Julian Edelman from?

At the start of the 2018 season, Julian Edelman was suspended for four games for using performance-enhancing drugs. In his first game back, Edelman caught seven passes for 57 yards.


A former first-round draft pick, what town is Baker Mayfield from?

Baker Mayfield led the Oklahoma Sooners to the 2017 College Football Playoff. The team lost in the first round to the University of Georgia.


A disruptive force on the defensive line, what town is Aaron Donald from?

Aaron Donald was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. That season, he racked up 11 sacks and five forced fumbles.


A top wide receiver, where is Odell Beckham Jr. from?

In 2018, Odell Beckham Jr. became the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. He signed a five-year deal worth $95 million.


A Super Bowl-winning quarterback, where is Ben Roethlisberger from?

In recent years, Ben Roethlisberger has talked about retirement. His comments have garnered criticism, particularly when Roethlisberger has a poor game.


Antonio Brown is consistently ranked as a top receiver. Where is he from?

No one can deny Antonio Brown's talent on the field. However, he has often put himself and his team in difficult positions because of off the field issues.


A wide receiver for the Bengals, where is A.J. Green from?

Consistently putting up 1,000 yard receiving seasons, A.J. Green has proven he's a top receiver in the NFL. However, the Bengals have failed to make a playoff run while Green has been on the team, and he's often overlooked because of this.


Drafted out of Georgia, what town is Todd Gurley from?

In 2017, Todd Gurley rushed for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns. At the end of the season, he was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.


Drafted out of Wisconsin, where is J.J. Watt from?

J.J. Watt was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year three out of his first five seasons in the NFL. Injuries have hampered his career since then, but he's still a top defender when he's on the field.


A terror for opposing defenses, what town does Rob Gronkowski call home?

Drafted out of Arizona, Rob Gronkowski has spent his entire career with the New England Patriots. He has won two Super Bowls during his time in New England.


Viewed as the future of the Cowboys, where did Ezekiel Elliott grow up?

Ezekiel Elliott led the league in rushing his rookie season. His second year in the NFL wasn't as spectacular because of a six-game suspension at the beginning of the year.


Still a young player in the league, where is Kareem Hunt from?

Few major college programs sought Kareem Hunt coming out of high school. He decided to go to Toledo where he saw significant playing time as a freshman.


A former Heisman Trophy winner, where is Cam Newton from?

After leaving the University of Florida, Cam Newton ended up at Auburn University for one season. In his single season in the Plains, he led the team to a national championship over the Oregon Ducks.


A quarterback holding multiple NFL records, where is Drew Brees from?

Originally, Drew Brees was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. After suffering an injury to his rotator cuff, the Chargers decided to go in a different direction, and Brees signed with New Orleans.


A former Texas A&M player, what town is Mike Evans from?

Mike Evans was given a redshirt his freshman season at Texas A&M. In both of his next two seasons, Evans caught passes for more than 1,000 yards each year.


The leader of one of the best offenses in the NFL, what town is Jared Goff from?

After his rookie season, many critics thought Jared Goff would end up a bust in the NFL. However, after a coaching change, the quarterback finally began to shine and hasn't looked back since.


Melvin Gordon is a leader on the Chargers' offense. Where is he from?

In 2014, Melvin Gordon broke the NCAA single-game rushing record with 408 yards. However, the record was broken a week later by Samaje Perine of the Oklahoma Sooners.


The longtime leader of the Patriots, where is Tom Brady from?

Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He led the Patriots to every Super Bowl victory in franchise history.


Known as "Matty Ice," where is Matt Ryan from?

Matt Ryan led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl in the 2015-16 season. However, the team lost the big game to the New England Patriots after giving up a 28-3 lead.


A future Hall of Famer, where is Adrian Peterson from?

Adrian Peterson was eight yards away from matching the NFL single-season rushing record in 2012. He's one of only seven running backs to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.


One of the highest paid cornerbacks in the NFL, what town is Josh Norman from?

Josh Norman went to the Super Bowl in 2015 with the Carolina Panthers. Once the season ended, he entered into a contract dispute with the Panthers who decided it would be better to move on from the Pro-Bowl cornerback.


Khalil Mack changed the Bears' defense when he joined the team in 2018. But, what town is he from?

Khalil Mack was only a two-star recruit coming out of high school. He decided to accept an offer to the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Andrew Luck was taken out of Stanford as the No.1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. What town is he from, though?

Coming out of college, Andrew Luck was viewed as a safe pick at the quarterback position. He proved why his first few seasons in the league, but an injury has hampered Luck the past couple of years.


The No.1 overall pick in 2015, where is Jameis Winston from?

Jameis Winston has made as much noise off the field as on the field. He was suspended at the beginning of the 2018 season for groping an Uber driver.


DeAndre Hopkins is in the prime of his NFL career. But, where did he grow up?

DeAndre Hopkins was the NFL receiving touchdown leader in 2017. He caught 13 touchdowns in the season.


An explosive wide receiver​ for the Falcons, what town is Julio Jones from?

Julio Jones played college football under Nick Saban at Alabama. Jones helped the team win a national championship in 2009.


A former Super Bowl MVP, what town is Von Miller from?

Von Miller was taken as the second pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He lived up to the hype surrounding him, earning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2011.


One of Cam Newton's favorite targets, where is Greg Olsen from?

Greg Olsen has been in the league since 2007 when he was drafted by the Bears. He was traded to the Panthers in 2011 where Olsen has been one of the top receiving targets on the team.


Le'Veon Bell is a shifty dual-threat running back. What town is he from, though?

After the 2016 season, the Steelers and Le'Veon Bell failed to reach a long-term deal. The Steelers decided to place a franchise tag on Bell who was unhappy with the decision.


A linebacker for the Cowboys, where is Sean Lee from?

Sean Lee went to back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016. Both seasons, Lee had more than 125 combined tackles.


Julius Peppers has been in the league since 2002. Do you know where he grew up?

Julius Peppers was taken as the second overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft. David Carr was taken as the first pick in that draft, but he retired after 11 mediocre seasons.


A former Oregon player, where is LeGarrette​ Blount from?

LeGarrette Blount infamously punched a player from Boise State after being provoked during a game in 2009. Blount was suspended after the incident, but he was eventually allowed to return to the team.


One of the best young quarterbacks in the league, where is Patrick Mahomes II from?

Patrick Mahomes II sat behind Alex Smith his first season in the league. In 2018, Smith was traded to the Redskins and Mahomes took over the starting quarterback position in Kansas City.


Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!