I am a huge sports fan and have been since I was very young. Since I grew up watching the games, one of my favorite things was to read about and watch video of the great athletes of the past. As I would Read those kinds of books and watch those old games I always wondered what it would be like to watch such remarkable athletes from up close. There isn’t much I wouldn’t give to have a center ice, 50 yard line or court side seat to the greatest players to ever lace them up in their Particular sport.
I can only imagine that my kids will feel the same way. At least I can hope. This series is about the players from today that are worth the price of a front row seat; the kind of players that would transcend generations and have my kids and grand kids asking all about them.
Since I’m not in a situation to fly around the country and get those kinds of seats at this point, this is kind of a must see athlete bucket list. Now that the NFL season has finally returned, part one is about the football players that I would love to see up close right now.
Note: Although some of the best players in the game will make the list it isn’t necessarily a top ten list and as such is in no particular order.
Since a list like this is totally subjective, feel free to comment with the players you would pay to see from the 50 yard line.
Adrian Peterson- I just have a feeling that the television doesn’t do Justice to Peterson’s skills. His power is a thing to behold and he has plenty of speed to go with it.
His 2012 season was one for the ages with all things considered. He was only six months removed from a horrible ACL tear and playing with a very average Offense on top of it. I need to see AP in person just so I can say that I got to see one of the best backs ever to play the game.
Darrelle Revis- I love to travel but one place I would never want to visit if I was a football player is Revis Island. Revis is the best shut down corner out there since Deion Sanders roamed the defensive backfield more than a decade ago.
Even though Revis is coming off a season ending knee injury, I would still pay top dollar to see him own the secondary for the Bucs.
Peyton Manning- Manning dances around in the pocket like someone is shooting at his feet. In fact I think they got the idea for the Penguin movie Happy Feet, from him. Even though he has a very unique style, Manning is a must see. Manning has been a great quarterback for a long time and is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career but his play hasn’t dropped off one bit.
Jared Allen- Allen has so much heart and grit while always going a million miles an hour. He is a wild man, who gets to the quarterback at will and needs to be witnessed live. I can just imagine the impact of some of his vicious and the sound they would make.
Calvin Johnson- Megatron is quite possibly the most physically gifted NFL player I have ever seen. He has speed, springs and great hands. Matthew Stafford is lucky to have him and so is every fan of the game today. I watch Lions games just to see what he will do next and he never ceases to amaze me. I can only imagine that he would be that much more impressive in person.
Tom Brady- I need to preface this by saying that I’m not a fan of the Patriots at all so I don’t cheer for Brady and never will. With that being said, his greatness is undeniable. Brady has been fantastic for years and is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the greatest of all time.
Marshawn Lynch- Lynch is a big bruising back who is a dominant runner for the Seattle Seahawks. When he goes beast mode He produces some of the best individual efforts in league history. I would love to see lynch pull of one of those crazy runs in person.
JJ Watt- Watt won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season and for good reason. He is almost unstoppable coming off the edge for the deep and talented Houston Texans. Watt is a dynamic pass rusher who wreaks havoc on opposing offenses every single week.
Colin Kaepernick- Kaepernick no doubt makes this list because I am a die-hard 49ers fan but that’s not the only reason. He has a rocket arm and just flies when he tries to tuck the ball and run. His Game against the Packers in last year’s playoffs was one for the ages and there is no question that there are plenty of similar games coming in the future. I just hope I am there when it happens again.
Larry Fitzgerald- I loved Fitzgerald in college when he was a Pitt Panther and even though he plays for a division rival, he is still at the top of my list. The reason Larry is a must see is because he makes the impossible happen. He catches so many passes that seem like guaranteed incompletions. He should be more impressive to watch this season, now that he finally has a decent quarterback getting him the ball.