NFL star Tom Brady is launching a company for digital collectibles called “Autograph.”
The platform will sell crypto memorabilia from sports icons and celebrities like Brady, according to the company’s site.
“Autograph will bring together some of the world’s most iconic names and brands with best in class digital artists to ideate, create and launch NFTs and ground-breaking experiences to a community of fans and collectors,” co-founder and CEO of Autograph Dillon Rosenblatt told CNN.
Brady and millionaire entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt will act as co-chairs of the company. Autograph boasts a team with several big business names, including Lionsgate CEO Jon Filthier and Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino, as well as three of the founders of DraftKings.
The items operate as unique digital assets. When someone buys an NFT they gain the rights to the unique token on the blockchain that acts as a digital certificate of authenticity. The token can gain value due to its relation to its creator or content. For example, tokens that represent memes like the Nyan Cat can gain in value as they increase in popularity online, though the NFT buyer is not be able to control the image’s distribution.
Tom Brady is one of the leading spokespeople for Under Armour, and he’s not in the business of giving free PR to the brand’s competitors.
Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat out Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV Sunday night. As the 43-year-old quarterback hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the seventh time in his esteemed career, he caught a glimpse of himself on the stadium’s video board.
A red Nike swoosh was peeking out from his undershirt.
Nike has a contract with the NFL that requires all 32 teams to outfit their players in the brand’s apparel, including jerseys, sideline apparel, and more. That deal extends to base layers like undershirts, which aren’t typically visible to viewers.
So when Brady saw the Nike swoosh sitting squarely across his chest as he clutched his latest piece of hardware, he acted quickly and shrewdly to show his undying loyalty to Under Armour on football’s biggest stage; the 2021 Super Bowl MVP pulled up his gray Buccaneers Super Bowl Champions T-shirt to cover the decal.
Check out the clip below:
Brady’s likely to run into this issue a few more times over the final years of his career. The NFL’s apparel deal with Nike runs through 2028, so swooshes will continue to feature prominently on the gridiron. But if we’ve learned anything about the quarterback over his 21 years in the league, he will find a way to walk off with a win – no matter if it’s for himself, his team, or his brand.
It’s been called the “Billionaire Bunker” and one of the “wealthiest, private, most secure communities in Miami Beach and the world.”
Indian Creek is a village of about 42 people on a tiny private island in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Its “Billionaire Bunker” moniker stems from its wildly wealthy and high-profile residents, including billionaire investor Carl Icahn, supermodel Adriana Lima, and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
In the past couple of months, the island has gained some new high-profile residents, including Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. The seven-time Super Bowl winner and his supermodel wife paid $17 million for a mansion on Indian Creek that they’re planning to tear down and replace with a new, eco-friendly mansion, Page Six reported in December.
The news of Brady and Bundchen’s purchase followed reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had dropped $32 million on a waterfront lot on the exclusive island, which Insider reported on last year when Julio Iglesias put it up for sale.
In 2019, Insider got a tour of the island from Nelson Gonzalez, a luxury realtor and the senior vice president of EWM Realty International. Here’s what it’s like on the exclusive, high-security island.
Indian Creek is a village of about 40 residents on a tiny private island in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
It’s been nicknamed the “Billionaire Bunker.”
The village’s 34 homes are built around the perimeter of the island, giving them all waterfront views. The center is occupied by an 18-hole golf course and a country club.
“Indian Creek is an exclusive 300-acre island located on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and recognized as one of the wealthiest, private, most secure communities in Miami Beach, and the world,” Michael Light, the founder of Miami Luxury Homes and senior director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman, wrote on his website.
In May 2019, when I got an exclusive tour of Indian Creek Village, I arrived at the island in an Uber. We were stopped at the guardhouse before even getting on the island.
My name was on a list of expected guests, so I didn’t have a problem getting in.
Indian Creek’s police department monitors the only entrance to the island.
The island is protected by a private 13-person police force, according to my tour guide, Nelson Gonzalez, a luxury realtor and the senior vice president of EWM Realty International.
The force even patrols the perimeter of the island from the water.
Indian Creek Village is only accessible by car. A single bridge spans the waterway from Surfside.
After we drove across the bridge, I was dropped off in the driveway of one of the island’s opulent mansions.
Homes in Indian Creek are rarely up for sale. At the time of my visit, there was only one house on the market: an eight-bedroom, Mediterranean-style mansion for $24 million.
I was able to take a tour and photograph the home because it’s for sale, but I wasn’t allowed to take photos of any other houses on the island.
“This is not one of the most accessible venues for the visiting golfer, so you’ll need to befriend a member to tee it up on the classical William S. Flynn-designed course here at Indian Creek, which dates back to the 1930s,” the website reads.
I wasn’t allowed to get out of the car and walk around the island, so I took photos through the windows.
Gonzalez told me that the island is high-security and that the residents are very concerned with privacy. I spotted one of the private police cars patrolling the island about two minutes into my tour.
The island has just one street, Indian Creek Island Road. It’s bordered by lavish homes on one side and the perfectly manicured golf course on the other.
Most of the village’s homes sit behind gates, partially shrouded from view by palm trees.
High-profile investors, Russian billionaires, professional coaches, models and singers, and even US senators have called Indian Creek Village home.
After my tour, I was driven back out of Indian Creek Village.
While I’d expected a degree of security on the private island, I didn’t expect it to be quite at that level, from the 13-person private police force to the screening at the guarded gatehouse to the ban on setting foot outside the car or taking photos of the homes.
The island is really small — the driving tour took at most 20 minutes, and that was moving slowly with frequent stops.
The most telling detail of my short time on the island is that I don’t remember seeing a single civilian on the street or in the yards, but I saw at least two members of the police force.
So while the level of security is definitely, and understandably, a draw to wealthy residents, I found it to be a bit of a deserted island.
Craig Morton led the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl V in 1970, but he quickly fell out of favor with the team and lost his starting role to Roger Staubach. He became the first quarterback to start in a Super Bowl for two different teams when he revived his career with the Denver and played in Super Bowl XII for the Broncos eight years later.
After leading the Seattle Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl victory in 2013, Russell Wilson led the franchise to a second Super Bowl berth the following season.
Brett Favre (1-1)
Legendary Packers quarterback and Hall of Famer Brett Favre — who played 16 seasons in Green Bay — led the Packers to back-to-back Super Bowls in 1995 and 1996. He became the first and only player to win three straight NFL Most Valuable Player awards.
Joe Theismann led the Washington Redskins to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, but he is arguably most well-known for the gruesome, career-ending leg injury he suffered while being sacked by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1985.
Hall of Famer Len Dawson led Kansas City to Super Bowl I where the Chiefs fell to the Green Bay Packers 35-10. Three years later, Dawson earned MVP honors for leading Kansas City to a 23-7 Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Patrick Mahomes (1-0)
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to their second Super Bowl in as many years this weekend. Mahomes won his first battle on football’s greatest stage against the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, but this time, he’ll be up against the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history.
Eli Manning (2-0)
Eli Manning may have fallen out of favor with some New York Giants fans, but he led the franchise to two Super Bowl victories, including an improbable win over Tom Brady and the previously undefeated New England Patriots in 2008.
Jim Plunkett (2-0)
After winning the Heisman Trophy at Stanford, Jim Plunkett quarterbacked the Oakland Raiders to two Super Bowl wins in 1980 and 1983.
Fran Tarkenton — a prolific offensive weapon known for his ability to scramble — led the Minnesota Vikings to a whopping six division titles and three Super Bowl appearances, but never brought a Lombardi Trophy back to Minneapolis.
Kurt Warner went from going undrafted out of college to leading the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals to a combined three Super Bowl appearances between 1999 and 2008. When all was said and done, Warner had earned two NFL MVP awards, and Super Bowl ring, and a bid to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ben Roethlisberger became the youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback in league history when he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the victory over the Seattle Seahawks at 23 years old. Since then, Big Ben has made two more Super Bowl appearances and brought a second Lombardi trophy back to the Steel City.
Bob Griese (2-1)
Hall of Famer Bob Griese led the Miami Dolphins to three consecutive AFC championships and back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1973 and 1974. Most notably, Griese anchored the Dolphins team that posted a perfect 17-0 season in 1972-73 — the only complete undefeated season in NFL history.
After earning All-America honors at UCLA, Troy Aikman made an immediate impact for the Dallas Cowboys as the first overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. He led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories in four years and cemented his legacy with a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Famer Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances between the years of 1991 and 1994, but he could not bring Buffalo its first Lombardi Trophy. The Bills still have yet to win a Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning is the only starting quarterback to win Super Bowls with two different teams. He took the Indianapolis Colts to two Super Bowls and won his first in 2007 before taking his talents to Denver. Manning led the Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2014 and rode off into the sunset after winning Super Bowl 50 two years later. He holds many NFL records, including touchdown passes with 539 and MVP awards with five.
Roger Staubach took the Dallas Cowboys to four Super Bowls in an eight-year span and brought home two Lombardi trophies in the process. The Hall of Famer retired in 1979 with the best passing rating of any quarterback through that point with an 83.4 mark.
In his 15 seasons playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Montana captivated NFL fans with his uncanny ability to mount comeback victories, a feat so common it became known as “Montana Magic.” He won Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV and earned MVP honors for all but one of those games.
The ultimate dual-threat quarterback, John Elway spent his entire 16-year career with the Denver Broncos. The Hall of Famer accounted for 82.2% of points scored by the Broncos during his tenure with the franchise and led the team to five Super Bowl appearances, winning back-to-back in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.
Arguably the best quarterback of all time, Tom Brady has made an NFL-record 10 Super Bowl appearances and earned five Super Bowl MVP awards — the most ever by a single player. After leading the New England Patriots to victory in Super Bowl LIII in 2019, Brady became the only player in the history of the NFL to win six Super Bowl rings.
But for the first time in his career, Brady spent the 2020-2021 season with a different team. He left New England for the Buccaneers during the 2020 offseason, and he managed to secure a Super Bowl victory with Bruce Arians’ squad in his very first season in Tampa Bay. Now, the 43-year-old has seven Vince Lombardi trophies to his name. And, somehow, he’s still hungry for more.
“We’re coming back,” Brady said upon hoisting the Lombardi trophy. “You already know that.”
Jim Howey: I’m Jim Howey. I was in the NFL from 1999 until 2018. My position was a back judge for many years then I went to field judge. To get in the NFL, it’s kind of a long process. Almost everybody’s story is the same. We start working pee-wee games, JV games, we join a local high school association. I got in the ACC in ’91, worked there till I went in the NFL in ’99.
[Howey spent 3 years in the NFL’s European league]
I was pretty successful in Europe and they felt like I could do the job in the NFL. I was then the principal at a local elementary school. I told my secretary, if two people call, you get me on that radio immediately. The first one is my wife, and the second one is Jerry Seeman. Jerry Seeman was the supervisor of officials. He was the one that was gonna call you and let you know you gonna be in the NFL. My secretary, she said, “Jerry Seeman is on the phone.” I said, “I’ll be there!” So I ran up the hall. He went on to say, “We’ve been watching you for the last couple years” “and we want to invite you to come into the NFL.”
You have seven guys on the field on each crew. All of us have different responsibilities. There’s a little bit of frustration there sometimes on the coaches, not necessarily knowing where we’re looking and who’s looking at what. The line judges and down judges, we’re counting the offense, we signal to each other we’ve got 11 offensive players, and then we go into the false starts, encroachments, offsides. There’s a lot of communication.
I would try to let them have an opportunity to tell me in a gentlemanly way what their concern was. And I would try to respond to that in a very low-key way. Not lose my cool.
I always thought that I had a pretty good rapport with these coaches. Kind of the same way, I would let them have their say, I’d respond, and hopefully we could talk it out. I’m not gonna convince him that I’m right most of the time. Now, I have told them, “I understand, but that’s enough. I don’t want to hear about it anymore.”
During the game, the players have an opportunity to go over to the bench and sit down. Referees never sit down. We’re up the whole game. Three times a week, I would ride the stationary bikes, and then twice a week, I would swim.
It is very lucrative. We have our own union that helps us in our contract negotiations. We have a 401k. It’s a lot like teacher pay. Teachers are on a scale. You start off as a starting teacher, and you bump up every year. And that’s the same way it is in the NFL.
It’s a part-time, full-time job. When the season is over, I would start first of February or middle of February studying the rules, looking at video. So it really never stops. One of my good buddies, Tony Steratore, he summed it up pretty good. He said, “Even when you’re in church,” “you’re thinking about something that’s going on” “in the NFL.” That’s a pretty good description of the way it is.
Graham Flanagan: Have you ever been in a situation where you really had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the game?
Jim Howey: Everybody does! The players, the coaches, the officials. You tell somebody on your crew, “I’m going to the restroom. Don’t start until I get back.” I think I was in Cleveland one time, I went running in there, and the door was locked. Somebody was in there and it was just the one stall. I’m like, “Oh, my gosh!” So I’m standing out there, waiting, waiting, waiting, looking at my watch, timing the time-out, the guy came out with about 30 seconds left and I actually was able to go in, get out, and I literally came running back in on the field as the referee was getting ready to mark the ball ready. The other six guys out there with me were just laughing and carrying on. “That’s the fastest you’ve run in years!”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in September 2018.
Tom Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion, securing his spot as the greatest quarterback of all time.
He is also the husband of the world’s highest-paid supermodel, Gisele Bündchen, he is the second-highest-paid NFL player of all time, and in addition to being an NFL icon, he has become somewhat of a fashion icon off the field.
Brady’s fashion sense had humble beginnings.
Below we take a look at how his style has evolved over the years.
Tom Brady is getting set to play in his 10th Super Bowl.
Brady is 6-3 in the Super Bowl during his career, creating a mix of stunning achievements and downfalls en route to becoming the widely accepted Greatest of All Time.
Some of his most iconic moments are failures, but ultimately, his best plays include several game-winning drives, including a wild 25-point comeback against the Falcons.
Will Brady add to his legacy with the Buccaneers?
Here are Brady’s most iconic moments in the big game:
8. The 70-yard missed bomb to Randy Moss in Super Bowl 42
Sure, it’s a dropped catch/missed opportunity, but live, this was a breathtaking play as the ball seemed to hang in the air forever. Brady showed he has a big arm when he wants to use it, and came a few inches from one of the most spectacular throws in Super Bowl history. Ultimately, the play is known as the moment that helped the Giants pull off a stunning defeat over the 18-0 Patriots.
7. Brady reacts to Malcolm Butler’s game-winning interception vs. the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49.
Malcolm Butler, of course, gets the credit. But Brady’s reaction, from standing helplessly on the sideline to jumping up and down like a little kid, made the moment even greater.
6. Brady drives 37 yards to set up the game-winning field goal vs. the Panthers in Super Bowl 38.
Brady got the ball with 1:08 left in the game and the score tied and completed 5 of 6 passes to get the Patriots into field goal position. He let Adam Vinatieri do the rest.
5. The pass to Julian Edelman and the circus catch vs. the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
This one may seem a little low, considering the moment, but only because Edelman did the brunt of the work. In fact, Brady’s throw was almost intercepted!
But taken another way, Brady also stood strong in the pocket, got rid of the ball with pressure bearing down on him, threw it over 20 yards, and put enough mustard on it that the Falcons couldn’t quite come down with the pick. It’s still the throw that set up one of the top five Super Bowl catches ever.
4. Brady drops a first down vs. the Eagles in Super Bowl 52.
Hey, they can’t all be good! The Patriots ran a trick play that got Brady open for a first down, and he just couldn’t come down with the ball. That drop proved to be crucial in a high-scoring affair, and Brady’s outstretched arms became a permanent NFL meme.
3. Brady leads a 57-yard drive for the game-winning field goal vs. the Rams in Super Bowl 36.
In Brady’s first Super Bowl, he showed the clutch gene that is now notorious. With 1:21 left on the clock, Brady completed 5-of-8 passes to set up Vinatieri for the game-winning field goal. The first of many!
2. Brady leads a 65-yard fourth-quarter drive to give the Patriots the lead over the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49.
Brady completed 9-of-9 passes over four minutes, cutting up one of the NFL’s all-time great defenses. He eventually found Edelman on a three-yard pass for the go-ahead score, and ultimately, the game-winning touchdown. He finished the game with a then-record 37 completions.
1. Brady and the Patriots scores on five straight possessions to come back from a 28-3 deficit vs. the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
Sure, it’s not an individual moment, but collectively, Brady leading the Patriots to an historical, improbable comeback cemented his GOAT status. He finished the game with 433 yards on 42-63 passing with 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Not his cleanest performance, but it got the job done.
Now, take a look at who could decide Super Bowl 2019…
Over its 100 years, the NFL has seen some record-breaking, mind-boggling talent.
Among that talent is Tom Brady, who could add to his record six Super Bowl wins at Super Bowl LV on Sunday. While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback is best known for his time with the New England Patriots, he was actually born in San Mateo, California.
In this list, we’ve named the most talented past and present football players born in every state – rather than those who have played for a certain state – for our ultimate list of the most famous athletes throughout the history of the game. We determined the best-known football players from across the country based upon a number of factors, including records broken, stand-out game moments, presence in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and pop culture fame.
From Rob Gronkowski’s record-smashing triumphs to Brady’s long list of accolades, these players were responsible for some truly memorable moments you may have been fortunate enough to witness. Keep reading to see the most famous football player from your state … and whether or not you agree.
ALABAMA: Terrell Owens
The former wide receiver, who was born in Alexander City, Alabama, smashed numerous records during his 15-season career, amassed 15,934 yards for five teams, and was selected to six Pro Bowls. T.O. was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018 — but famously skipped the ceremony because of what he saw as a two-year delay in voting him in.
ALASKA: Mark Schlereth
The offensive lineman was the first Alaskan to win a Super Bowl when the Washington Redskins (now the Washington Football Team) won in 1992. He won the Lombardi Trophy twice more — with the Denver Broncos in 1998 and 1999. Born in Anchorage, Schlereth was nicknamed “Stink” after “stinkhead,” an Alaskan dish of fermented fish heads — and his penchant for emptying his bladder while still in uniform didn’t help. He’s now an analyst for Fox Sports.
ARIZONA: Randall McDaniel
McDaniel, who was born in Phoenix, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1988 draft and remained there until 1999, before finishing his career with the Buccaneers. He played 202 consecutive starts and was elected to 12 straight Pro Bowls. Considered one of the finest offensive linemen in NFL history, McDaniel was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Roaf, who was born in Pine Bluff, played 13 seasons in the NFL (for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs), 11 Pro Bowls, and was named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the ’90s and 2000s before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
“He was the best player on our team during his entire tenure with us, one of the top players in the history of our franchise, and one of the NFL’s greatest at his position,” said Saints owner Tom Benson in a press release at the time.
CALIFORNIA: Tom Brady
With nine Super Bowls under his belt — and a record six wins — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback is today’s most recognizable name in the game and considered the best football player of all time by some.
Brady, who was born in San Mateo, California, spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Buccaneers in 2020. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in playoff wins, touchdown passes, passing yards, and completion percentage. His many records include the most Super Bowl MVP awards of any player (four), and most NFL MVP awards (three). When the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII in 2019, he became the oldest quarterback to do so — if the Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV, the 43-year-old quarterback will extend his own record.
McCaffrey, who was born in Castle Rock, Colorado, has been the Carolina Panthers’ running back since 2017 — and keeps breaking records. In 2019, he became the first player ever to reach 1,000 rushing and 500 receiving yards in the first 10 games of a season.
“McCaffrey has emerged as arguably the best all-purpose back in the NFL,” ESPN’s David Newton wrote in 2018.
While the state isn’t known for producing the best in NFL talent, Delaware native Tim Wilson made a name for himself as ferocious lead blocker for Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell while they played for the Houston Oilers in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Jones, a defensive end born in Eatonville, was “without doubt the greatest defensive end to play in modern day football,” according to former Rams’ coach George Allen.
He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1967 and 1968; was invited to eight Pro Bowls; and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. He passed away in 2013, at the age of 74.
GEORGIA: Jim Brown
Considered one of the best football players of all time, Brown was born on St. Simons. The running back was a first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1957, earned Rookie of the Year, was named MVP three times, and held a record career rushing total of 2,312 yards until it was broken by Walter Payton in the ’80s.
No Hawaii natives are in the Hall of Fame yet, but among its most famous football exports is Olin Kreutz, who spent most of his 14 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He was selected to six Pro Bowls and named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team before quitting the game.
Kreutz, who was born in Honolulu, later joined NBC Sports as a commentator.
IDAHO: Larry Wilson
Wilson, a free safety born in Rigby, spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1965, he famously intercepted a pass from the Steelers’ Bill Nelson with casts on both his hands, a week after breaking his left hand and breaking a finger on his right. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978 and, in 2019, he was named to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
ILLINOIS: Dick Butkus
The Chicago-native played for the Bears from 1965 to 1973 — and was known as one of history’s most intimidating linebackers.
“Dick Butkus is a special kind of brute whose particular talent is mashing runners into curious shapes,” Sports Illustrated wrote during Butkus’ senior season at Illinois.
He was selected for eight Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. When he retired in 1973, his fierce reputation helped land him TV and movie roles.
INDIANA: Rod Woodson
The defensive back played 17 seasons, including 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, before he retired as the NFL’s then-leader in interception return yardage (1,483). He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. During his enshrinement speech, he credited his hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana, with keeping him grounded.
“I think it kept me rooted in reality, honestly,” he said. “I think it taught me what was truly real to me … I really want to thank Fort Wayne for accepting me and embracing me throughout my lifetime.”
IOWA: Kurt Warner
Warner, who was born in Burlington, Iowa, and raised in Cedar Rapids, is one of NFL history’s favorite comeback stories. In 2000, the former grocery bagger became the only undrafted quarterback in NFL history to start and win a Super Bowl — and was even named MVP. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
“I think when you have an extraordinary player and one who is just as extraordinary off the field, then you realize you were in the presence of someone special,” Cardinals general manager Rod Graves told ESPN.
KANSAS: Barry Sanders
One of the most agile runners in NFL history, Sanders was named Rookie of the Year after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1989. The Wichita native won the Heisman trophy, was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice, and was invited to the Pro Bowl 10 times. He joined the Hall of Fame in 2004.
“He did something every single week, whether it would be in practice or a game, that would absolutely amaze you,” said Sanders’ former teammate, Chris Spielman, after news of Sanders’ retirement. “How did he do that? He did it consistently. Barry is in a class by himself.”
KENTUCKY: Champ Bailey
Bailey, who was born in Fort Campbell, played for the Denver Broncos and Washington. During his 15 seasons in the NFL, he was invited to 12 Pro Bowls — the most of any defensive back in NFL history — and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s. In 2019, he joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I really do think Champ is a once-in-a-generation type of player. He was that gifted. But you combine that with the smarts [and] he’s special,” said former Broncos safety John Lynch.
LOUISIANA: Peyton Manning
The quarterback, who was born in New Orleans, spent his 18 NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. The two-time Super Bowl winner is the only starting quarterback to win with two franchises in NFL history. After 71,940 regular-season passing yards and 539 touchdowns, he retired from the game in 2016.
“He’s probably the hardest-working guy I’ve been around who has great ability,” said former Colts head coach, Tony Dungy. “Overachievers work hard because they have to. Peyton has rare talent, but chooses to push himself like he doesn’t.”
Wake, who was born in Beltsville, initially signed to the New York Giants as a free agent, before working as a mortgage broker for a year. After resuming his football career, the defensive end spent 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and played with the Tennessee Titans between 2019 and 2020. He’s won five Pro Bowls and was named one the Dolphins 50 greatest players on its 50th Season All-Time Team.
MASSACHUSETTS: Nick Buoniconti
Nick Buoniconti, of Springfield, has been named an All-Pro five times, more than twice as many times as any other Massachusetts-born NFL player in history. Buoniconti won two back-to-back Super Bowls while playing with the Miami Dolphins and in 2001, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Throughout his life, Buoniconti championed medical research. According to The New York Times, after his son Marc Buoniconti was paralyzed from a college football injury, Nick Buoniconti helped raise nearly $500 million for spinal cord and brain research.
In his later life, Buoniconti suffered from dementia. After his death in July 2019, his brain was donated to Boston University to help determine if this was at all caused by his football career.
“I’m not mad at the game, I’m mad at the owners,” he said in “The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti,” an HBO documentary. “I think that we paved the way for the NFL being what it is today. In other words, we, uh, we paved the way for them and they’re, they’re reaping all the benefits.”
MICHIGAN: Paul Krause
Born in Flint, Michigan, on February 19, 1942, Paul Krause would go on to become one of the most highly regarded pro football players from the state. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Krause played for Washington and the Minnesota Vikings. His football career would eventually span 16 seasons. Between 1964 and 1979, Krause became the NFL’s leading pass interceptor of all time with a whopping 81 steals.
He was a starting free safety in four Super Bowls — Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX, and XI.
Brett Favre was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1969, and played for the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, and the Minnesota Vikings throughout his 20-year career.
Favre holds quite a few NFL records, including the most career pass completions and attempts. For a quarterback over the age of 40, Favre also has the most career passing yards and ties with Tom Brady for the most regular-season games with 300-plus passing yards.
Favre is the only player in NFL history to win the NFL MVP Award three consecutive times, between 1995 and 1997, and won Super Bowl XXXI with the Green Bay Packers. In 2016, Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
MISSOURI: Kellen Winslow
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kellen Winslow made 1,000 receiving yards and over 80 receptions in just three seasons. He spent his entire nine-season career as a tight end with the Chargers and finished his professional career with a total of 541 receptions, 6,741 yards, and 45 touchdowns. Winslow was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.
MONTANA: Pat Donovan
Born in Helena, Montana, Pat Donovan is considered to be one of the greatest NFL players to ever hail from the Midwestern state.
The former offensive lineman never missed a game in his nine seasons in the NFL. He played in 20 playoff contests, including six NFC Championships and three Super Bowls. In Super Bowl XII, Donavan won a ring while playing against the Denver Broncos.
In 1999, Sports Illustrated named Donavan as the fourth-greatest athlete from Montana of the 20th century.
NEBRASKA: Danny Woodhead
Danny Woodhead was born in North Platte, Nebraska. As a former running back, Woodhead played for the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers, and the Baltimore Ravens.
Woodhead made a catch in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVI to score the first touchdown in the game for the Patriots but didn’t end up going home with a ring. Nevertheless, the Nebraskan finished the game with four catches for 42 yards.
After Woodhead tore his ACL while playing for the Chargers, coach Mike McCoy said, “There’s not another Danny Woodhead out there, with what he does in all aspects of the game … He treats every day as if it’s his last day. He’s a great example of what it means to be a pro.”
NEVADA: Steven Jackson
Las Vegas native Steven Jackson retired with 11,438 total rushing yards and 78 touchdowns under his belt. Jackson played for the Rams, the Atlanta Falcons, and the New England Patriots before retiring in 2015 after 11 years in the league. He played in the Pro Bowl a total of three times.
Greg Landry is one of the greatest football players to emerge from the Granite State. Landry was the 11th overall selection of the 1968 NFL Draft and played for the Detroit Lions for ten years. In 1976, Landry had 17 total touchdowns and was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
Landry went on to coach for the Detroit Lions, the Illinois Fighting Illini, the Chicago Bears, and the Cleveland Browns.
NEW JERSEY: Franco Harris
Born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Franco Harris is regarded as one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed athletes. Harris is a four-time Super Bowl champion, nine-time Pro Bowl selection, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
With 12,120 all-time rushing yards in his career history, it’s no wonder this former Steelers and Seahawks player was ranked number 83 on The Sporting News‘ 1999 list of the 100 Greatest Football Players and was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
NEW MEXICO: Ronnie Lott
Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49ers was known for his versatility and ability to dominate the field throughout his 14-year career. Lott was used as both a left and right cornerback and as a free and strong safety.
Lott recorded 63 interceptions and held the league record for interceptions twice during his career. Lott played for the 49ers for a total of 10 seasons between 1981 and 1990, during which he won eight NFC Western Division titles and four Super Bowls.
“Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the announcement was released.
However, the following year, he came out of retirement and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s heading to Super Bowl LV with the team this weekend.
NORTH CAROLINA: Bruce Matthews
Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Bruce Matthews of Raleigh, North Carolina, played for the Houston Oilers franchise for a whopping nineteen seasons in the years 1983 to 2001. As a three-time Offensive Lineman of the Year, Matthews started 292 of the 296 games he played in throughout his decade-spanning career.
Gary Larsen was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and is remembered as a famous football player for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1960s and 1970s.
As a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings between 1965 and 1974, Gary Larsen, then known as the “Norse Nightmare,” became part of the famous defensive line known as the Purple People Eaters. He was chosen to take part in two Pro Bowls and played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, and IX.
OHIO: Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson, of Fremont, Ohio, is the only primarily defensive NFL player to win the Heisman trophy after playing both offensive and defensive sides. Woodson is also one of just a few players who have played in a Pro Bowl in three different decades — Woodson played in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.
Woodson entered the NFL when he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1998. After starting with the team in 2006, Woodson helped lead the Green Bay Packers to victory in Super Bowl XLV in 2010. In 2013, he returned to the Raiders for another two seasons before retiring in 2015.
Jerry Smith was born in Eugene, Oregon. He had 60 career touchdowns, and held the record for most touchdowns by a tight end for 27 years. The record was later broken by Shannon Sharpe in 2002, who had 62 career touchdowns.
PENNSYLVANIA: Joe Montana
Born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, Joe Montana played as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. He earned the nicknames “Joe Cool” and “the Comeback Kid” for his extraordinary ability to bring a team back from defeat in the last quarter of a game with successful long passes. He also won Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV.
Vinatieri has played in five Super Bowls and won four of them, making him the NFL record holder for the most Super Bowl wins by a kicker. He is also holds the record for top scorer in the NFL with 2,673 points.
TENNESSEE: Reggie White
Reggie White was nicknamed “The Minister of Defense” as both an ordained minister and a defensive football player. He began his career playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, and then signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1993. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and 1998.
Drew Brees started his NFL career playing with the San Diego Chargers in 2001, and has been playing with the New Orleans Saints since 2006. A renowned quarterback, he was Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year and Superbowl MVP in 2010. He was born in Austin, Texas.
Lawrence Taylor was born in Williamsburg, Virginia. He played 13 seasons as a linebacker with the New York Giants and is a two-time Super Bowl champion. He was also named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1986 — the first defensive player to win the title since 1971.
John Elway played 16 seasons as quarterback the Denver Broncos. The Broncos won two Super Bowls with his help, and he was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII. He was responsible for 82.2% of the Broncos’ total points scored during his 16 years as quarterback.
Moss, who was born in Rand, West Virginia, was a first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998. He immediately made an impact, setting a then-NFL record for the most touchdown receptions by a rookie (17) and being named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
During his record-setting 14 seasons, he was named to six Pro Bowls, made two Super Bowl appearances, and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s. Now an analyst, he was selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
WISCONSIN: John Matuszak
John Matuszak played as a defensive lineman for the Houston Oilers (1973), Houston Texans (1974), Kansas City Chiefs (1974-1975), (the renamed) Washington Football Team (1976), and the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1976-1982). He then left football and launched his acting career, eventually starring in “The Goonies” as Sloth and appearing in numerous other television roles.