Sexiest NFL Superstars

By: Joe Thompson

It's Super Bowl weekend and many gays and girls are fixated on Madonna's performance. That's great and all, but we think they're missing the more obvious goal: all the hot, sweaty, muscled men in tight uniforms!

Fortunately, your friends at are on the ball, feverishly scrimmaging to score you the finest specimens around. We asked our Facebook fans who they liked, got some great suggestions for tight ends, wide receivers—you get the idea— narrowed that list by the availability of sexy photos, and came up with the names you see below. Some guys are current players, others classic, but all of them are perfect picks for our fantasy football team. And while we may have multiple men in the same position, that doesn't matter to us. What we care about is the position we'd be in if we were huddled up with one or all of these super studs.

Check them out, let us know if we left off one of your top draft picks, then vote for your favorite.

David Kopay

You may not recognize the name, but Kopay was an NFL running back. In 1975 he became one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, and Green Bay Packers, and allegedly had an affair with Washington Redskins player Jerry Smith, who died of AIDS without ever having publicly come out of the closet.


Joe Namath

Much more of a household name, Namath was one of the most well-known players to use his fame and sex appeal to appear in TV shows and endorse products. One of his most notable appearances is in a Noxzema shaving cream commercial where Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett shaves him. He was a quarterback for the New York Jets and LA Rams.


Esera Tualo

Esera Tualo was a defensive linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, and the Carolina Panthers. After retiring he came out of the closet, openly discussing his gay life on the HBO show Real Sports, as well as appearing on a cover of The Advocate.

Tualo was the third professional NFL player to come out, following David Kopay and Roy Simmons. (And while we do love Simmons for coming out, we couldn't fit everyone on this list.)

Since coming out, Tualo has been working to combat homophobia in sports by being a supporter and spokesperson for LGBT causes. But, to be fair, we should mention he allegedly assaulted his partner in 2010 and was arrested for domestic violence.


Matt Forte

Matt Forte is a running back for the Chicago Bears, and though just turned 26 he’s got the hot looks of a longtime pro. So hot, in fact, that ESPN did a profile of his fitness regimen in their Sweat Spot column. These photos by Ross Dettman are from that story. You can either enjoy the images here, or read about his workout on

Rob Gronkowski

A tight end for the New England Patriots, Gronkowski was kind enough to pose shirtless with porn star BiBi Jones, who then posted the pics on Twitter (below, left). Obviously not shy, he and his brother Dan (tight end, Cleveland Browns) recently did a photo shoot with photographer Stewart Smith for Ceceba, a German men’s underwear line.

Don’t worry, we’ll post the full photoset from that when we find it.

Adrian Peterson

The baby-faced running back for the Minnesota Vikings has grown up into a man. Peterson's still got that dreamy smile, but when we stumbled on his layout from Muscle & Fitness we knew we needed to include him in this list. Ripped and tatted, he was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl, and has the third highest average rushing yards per game total in NFL history.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall is a wide receiver who started with the Denver Broncos and now plays for the Miami Dolphins. He set an NFL record for receptions in a game (that would be 21) and is one of only five players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in three consecutive seasons. He’s certainly sweet looking, but then we found this series of black and white shots that had us gasping for air. We can’t find where they’re from but you can see the whole series and other sexy shots on

Tom Brady

The quarterback for the New England Patriots has many gay fans; in fact, he was the most suggested name from the Facebook post. Sure, it could be because he’s a great player and all that, but we have another theory. We think a lot of his popularity is due to photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who shot the player for Vman (below). The real question now is this: When compared to the other hotties on this list will Brady be on top, on bottom, or sandwiched somewhere in between like a pig in a blanket?

Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn is a quarterback with the Denver Broncos, and he’s certainly sexy enough to make this list. But did you know he’s got a gay "dating" scandal attached to his name?

Back when he was with the Cleveland Browns, uncovered that gay dating site men4men used his photo in an ad without his permission. Needless to say, Quinn’s legal team got the pictures removed but not before the sexy shot below was sent all over the ‘net. He then went on to do other, more professional, shoots.

Clay Matthews

We normally don’t go for long haired guys, so Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews wasn't even on our radar. Then we found his layout from Muscle & Fitness that showed him off in all his Fabio glory. With good lighting, fine styling, and a lovely dash of Photoshop, we were suddenly hoping he'd show us how to toss a ball or two.

We've posted those sexy shots here, but if you're interested in his whole workout, including shots of him wearing chains and pressing tons of weight, visit Muscle & Fitness.

Tim Tebow

We weren't going to put the Denver Broncos quarterback on the list because he's been getting so much press lately we didn't want to feed into it. Plus, there's all that praying "I'm a devout Christian" stuff, which usually translates to not liking our people. But then we considered three factors:
1. Some suspect he's a homo because he has gay voice.
2. If he is a homo-hating Christian, being on this list will piss him off.
3. He's got a ton of great shirtless photos.

And those are three great reasons why we decided to include him at the end.