Sponsorship deals with Nike, Papa John’s Pizza commercials, comedy movie cameos and big-money contracts aren’t guaranteed just because you play in the National Football League.
Sure, some players like Peyton Manning, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady have those added ‘perks’ of being stars, but the majority of the league’s players don’t. They aren’t on your TV screens for three hours on Sunday afternoons then for 30-second snippets throughout the week trying to persuade you to change car insurance. These players are more anonymous. Some, though, are truly unknown.