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tall football playerTaylor Martinez (born 1990) is an American football quarterback, currently a free agent in the National Football League as of 2014. He played college football at Nebraska.   Martinez played his senior year of high school football at Centennial High School in Corona, California.  Centennial High School finished the 2007 season with a 13-2 record and ranked 24 by USA Today. The undefeated 2008 Huskies team won a California Interscholastic Federation state championship and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today.

Martinez committed to the University of Nebraska on August 22, 2008. Martinez wasn't heavily recruited by Football Bowl Subdivision schools as the only football scholarship offer he received to play quarterback was from Nebraska. He spent 2009 redshirted. In 2013 he was badly injured.  Martinez signed with the Eagles on May 12, 2014 as an undrafted rookie free agent. However, on May 14,2014 it was revealed he failed his physical and his contract was voided.

He has turned his attention to making and marketing casual football themed games for cell phones.

tall football playerAdrian Lewis Peterson (born 1985) is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He was drafted by the Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma. Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.

Following his first pro season, in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game. In 2012, Peterson became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards, ending the season with 2,097 rushing yards, just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season all-time record. Peterson amassed 2,314 all-purpose yards from scrimmage in 2012, tying Marcus Allen for the eighth-highest total ever. For his efforts, he received the NFL MVP Award and the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the 2012 NFL season.

Peterson also achieved the #1 spot on the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2013. During the 2013 season, Peterson became the third fastest player to reach 10,000 rushing yards in NFL history. Peterson was indicted on September 11, 2014, by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child that occurred on May 18, 2014. He is accused of beating his four-year-old son with a tree branch, causing severe welts and bleeding on the child's back, legs, buttocks, genitals and ankles. In their initial response, the Vikings deactivated Peterson for a single game. Peterson’s 2014-15 NFL season was over after arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in favor of the NFL on November 18, 2014, saying, “the league can keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner’s exempt list,” effectively terminating any possibility the Minnesota Vikings running back will play again this season.

But that is just the latest in a series of scandals and tragedies in Peterson's life.  His father wanted to play in the NBA until a gun his brother was cleaning discharged into his leg. Peterson was only 7 when he watched his 9 year old brother get killed by a drunk driver.  When he was 13 his father was arrested for laundering money for a crack cocaine ring. His dad spent a decade in jail for that one.

Peterson has six children (that he knows about) His two-year-old son died on October 11, 2013, at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital due to injuries sustained during an alleged assault by Joseph Robert Patterson, the boyfriend of the child's mother. Peterson had learned about his son only a few weeks prior to his death, and had never even met him.

tall football playerOladele Brendon Ayanbadejo (born 1976) is an American football linebacker and special teamer who played in Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 1999. Ayanbadejo has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times as a special teams player. He also was named to the All-Pro team two times as special teams player by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association. He has also been a member of the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins of the NFL, the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts and BC Lions of the CFL.

Ayanbadejo was born in Chicago to a Nigerian father and an American mother of Irish descent. His name "Oladele" is the Yoruba translation for "Wealth comes home" He has one older brother, Obafemi Ayanbadejo, also a professional football player. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Nigeria, but after his parents separated he returned to the United States with his mother, settling in Chicago and then Santa Cruz, California. He attended Santa Cruz High School.

For college Ayanbadejo enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played college football for the UCLA Bruins. He was first-team all-Pac-10 his senior season with four sacks against arch-rival USC's Carson Palmer. He majored in history.

Ayanbadejo was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League as an undrafted free agent on April 23, 1999. He entered the draft 5 times before he was picked up by the Falcons. He served on the practice squad of the Falcons and the Chicago Bears before being picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2000, and spent time with them and the Toronto Argonauts. He played the 2001 season with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, and played for the BC Lions of the CFL in 2002. For September 2002, the CFL named Ayanbadejo the Defensive Player of the Month for recording two interceptions, six special team tackles, 21 defensive tackles, one pass deflected, and two recovered fumbles.

He also played with the Maimi Dolphins (2003-4) and the Chicago Bears (2005-2008). In 2008 he again signed with the Baltimore Ravens and was released in 2013.  In August 2013 Ayanbadejo was hired by Fox Sports as an analyst for Fox Football Daily on Fox Sports 1. He also serves as an occasional game analyst on NFL on Fox coverage. He will be team up with Gus Johnson and Charles Davis on the Rams-Seahawks game.

He is the younger brother of free agent fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo. The two were teammates on the Miami Dolphins in 2003. They were on the same team again in 2007, this time the Chicago Bears. Obafemi Ayanbadejo was cut by the Chicago Bears on October 1, 2007, after the fullback finished serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances. Brendon Ayanbadejo wrote for the Santa Cruz Sentinel his first couple of years in the NFL. He has advocated for the passage of the FIT Kids Act, federal legislation that would require school districts to report on students' physical activity and to give youngsters health and nutritional information. Ayanbedejo is married, has a daughter, Anaya Lee Ayanbadejo, born in August 2005 and a son, Amadeus Prime Ayanbadejo, born in April 2011.

tall football playerJordan Edward Rodgers (born 1988) is an American football quarterback who is currently on the practice squad for the Vancouver-based BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. After high school, he attended and played quarterback at Butte Community College. That is an area of the world that sounds like your butt, but they don't say it that way.  At Butte, he helped the team earn the 2008 junior college national title with a 12-0 record. He broke the school record for total offense, passing for 2,219 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also earned academic honors. After completing his two years at BCC, he was awarded a scholarship to Vanderbilt University after also considering the University of Kansas and Western Kentucky University.

In 2010 he was a redshirt. In 2011, he began the season as the second-team quarterback and finished the season with seven starts. He completed 108 passes in 216 attempts for 1,524 yards and nine passing touchdowns. He was also the team's second-leading rusher with 420 yards on 117 carries.  In 2012, he was named offensive co-captain. He started all 12 games in which he participated, becoming the first quarterback to lead the Commodores to back-to-back bowl appearances and a 9-4 record. His quarterback statistics were among the best in Vanderbilt history, with 191 completions, 2,539 yards and 15 touchdowns, completing 59.9 percent of his passes. He also threw for two touchdowns and ran for one in the team's win over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Although he played only two years at Vandy, he finished his career in the top 10 of nearly every passing and total offense category, finishing with 299 completions, 4,063 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes. He was named to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll. Rodgers completed a degree in Human and Organizational Development in December 2012.

In just 201-14 he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins and the BC Lions.

tall football playerSpectacularly handsome Clint Trickett (born 1991) is a former incredibly good looking American football quarterback (often the cutest position) for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Have I mentioned his bone structure is as striking as a mountain? He really could have a whole gallery in the "Handsomest" section.  He previously played for the Florida State Seminoles.

Trickett attended North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Florida. During his career he passed for over 5,300 yards and 59 touchdowns. He was ranked by as a three-star recruit. Trickett committed to Florida State University to play college football in September 2009.

Trickett was redshirted as a freshman in 2010. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Trickett was a backup to EJ Manuel. He made two starts during the season due to injuries to Manuel and played in nine games overall. In his first career start against Clemson, he completed 24 of 38 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns. Overall he completed 44 of 72 passes for 675 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. As a sophomore in 2012 he appeared in eight games as Manuel's backup, completing 22 of 34 passes for 272 yards. After Manuel graduated, Trickett was expected to compete with Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker for the starting job for the 2013 season.

Trickett transferred to the West Virginia University in May 2013.  Moving to West Virginia is almost always a major crisis in anyone's life.  West Virginia is the place you are supposed to be going to college to move OUT of.  Is this the kind of state you are willing to be concussed in to graduate?  In his first season at West Virginia, Trickett played in eight games with seven starts. He completed 123 of 233 passes for 1,605 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. As a senior in 2014 Trickett was named the starter for the season.

On December 26, 2014, Trickett announced he was retiring from football after sustaining five concussions in 14 months. He intends to pursue a career as a coach.

Straight football player Brendan Ayanbadejo has strongly supported the right of Gays and Lesbians to marry since 2009 and it has gotten him in trouble.  In this video he talks about the controversy that involved him and place kicker Chris Kluwe. Both athletes got in trouble for speaking their minds on a controversial issue.  Do famous people have the same free speech rights as everybody else?

His advocacy rather suddenly became a cause célèbre in September 2012, after Maryland State Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. wrote an August 29, 2012 letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, on official Maryland State letterhead, demanding that Bisciotti "take the necessary action ... to inhibit such expressions from your employee." Burns' letter went on to state that, "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing." Burns' letter was widely criticized as an effort to infringe on Ayanbadejo's right to free speech.

According to The Washington Post, the Ravens acknowledged receiving the letter but had no further comment. Shortly after the Burns letter was delivered, Ayanbedejo publicly announced that, as the son of interracial parents whose own marriage would have been illegal in 16 states prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Loving v. Virginia decision in 1967, he had no intention of remaining silent on an issue of conscience and public importance. Ayanbadejo has since said that he has received widespread support in the world of football.

tall manAmong others, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a scathing response to Burns, while the Ravens also publicly sided with Ayanbadejo. In February 2013, Ayanbadejo and Kluwe filed a joint amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage, particularly in the case dealing with California Proposition 8.
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2011:  Massive Vanderbuilt defensive tackle T. J. Greenstone interviews quarterback Jordan Rodgers during media day in 2011.  At the time Greenstone was 6'3" and 290 lbs.  He is currently a college strength coach.  Jordan Rodgers (born 1988) is an American football quarterback who is currently on the practice squad for the Vancouver-based BC Lions in the Canadian Football League. He played for a while for the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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