The 25 Sexiest NFL Players of 2013

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There are many great things about football season: drinking Bud Light like you don’t care that it tastes like bread water, eating buffalo wings until you pop, crushing friends in Fantasy Football and trash-talking them like they’re your worst enemy, and finding an excuse to watch TV literally all day every Sunday (and that’s even before The Walking Dead comes on). But there’s also the unspoken delight of a weekend day (and Monday evening) that include troves of muscular men in unforgivingly tight spandex. Revolutionary thought of the day: there are some really, really hot football players out there.

And as such, it’s only fair we appreciate their chiseled, Adonisesque forms. After all, the entire reason cheerleaders exist is to get sexual attention. Isn’t our ogling really just leveling the playing field, when you think about it? So without further ado – or regard for overall NFL ranking or how many points they’d win in a Fantasy Football matchup – these are the sexiest NFL players of 2013.

25. Tony Romo: America’s Crushworthy Quarterback


This Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback may not always lead “America’s Team” to victory, but he’s got a boyish smile that’s won over more than a few starlets – temporarily. Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson must have seen some charm originally, right?

24. Tom Brady: The “Duh”


The Patriots quarterback is a manifestation of what every teenage boy thinks a top NFL quarterback’s life is like. Plus, he looks like the actor who would play that mystical guy in a movie.

23. Arian Foster: The Hippie

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Not only is this man a handsome and formidable presence on the field, the Houston Texans running back is also a dedicated vegan and a member of the Green Party. There really is something for everyone here.

22. Aaron Rodgers: The Less Obnoxious (And Employed) Tebow


The Green Bay Packers quarterback (center) is devoutly Christian and proud of it – much like headline bait and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow – but unlike Tim, Aaron is damn good at his job and not at all obnoxious.

21. Greg Jennings: The Man With the 1000 Watt Smile


The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and his impossibly toothy grin have been on Criminal Minds and The League, and he’s about to be on The Game. Spoiler: the dude can actually act.

20. Jay Cutler: The One Who Married Kristin Cavillari

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Lauren Conrad fans everywhere drop their jaws when the Bears quarterback married LC’s rival from MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills. The union is a Chicago sports fan’s nightmare, but he’s damn cute, so we’re not going to judge.

19. Larry Fitzgerald: The One With Great Hands


This Arizona Cardinals wide receiver was once crowned with the title “The Best Hands in the NFL.” Do we need to say more?

18. Danny Amendola: Tom Brady Light


The Patriots wide receiver (right) often teams with fellow hot guy Tom Brady, but if you ask us, Danny’s the cuter one.

17. Eric Decker: The Reality Star


He’s cute and he’s got his own E! reality show – Eric and Jesse – which means we can deal with the fact that he’s got a bit of a deer-in-the-headlights look in most photos.

16. Miles Austin: The Other Guy Who Dated Kim Kardashian


Everyone knows Kimmie was with Reggie Bush, but when that ship sailed, she rebounded pretty quickly with the swoon-worthy (and charitable) Cowboys wide receiver. Girl’s got good taste.

15. Chris Long: The Legacy


This St. Louis Rams defensive end earned his talent honestly, from his hall of famer dad Howie Long. Equally important: he’s super handsome.

14. Drew Brees: The One Who Makes You Say “Aww”


Yes, the Saints quarterback has a Super Bowl ring and that’s pretty cool, hearts melted all over America when he brought his baby boy to the podium with him when he won the dang thing.

13. Russell Wilson: The One With a Huge… Heart

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Making the Seattle Seahawks a force to be reckoned with wasn’t enough for this quarterback. He also visits the Seattle Children’s Hospital weekly, runs a youth football camp, and visits injured soldiers. Oh, and he looks pretty cute in GQ, too.

12. Jordan Cameron: The One Who Got Better With Age

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In college at USC, this Browns tight end looked like your average surfer bro. Then he grew up, ditched the hair, and became a mega babe.

11. Colin Kaepernick: The Tattooed Masterpiece

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Perhaps it’s the beautiful, meaningful tattoos all over this quarterback’s arms and shoulders that help him and his San Francisco 49ers dominate on game day.

10. Reggie Bush: Yeah, He Dated Kim Kardashian


But you know, he’s also an awesome running back for the Detroit Lions who raises money for Haiti and Africa and he’s really, really ridiculously good-looking.

9. Victor Cruz: The Total Sweetheart

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The chiseled New York Giants wide receiver immortalized his biggest fan, a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, by wearing a tribute on his uniform and visiting the boy’s family. Go ahead, let your heart melt.

8. Clay Matthews: Thor I.R.L.


Chris Hemsworth is a great Thor, but Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews might actually be closest we’ll ever get to a real life Norse god. Just think of his fists as hammers.

7. Mark Sanchez: The Broadway Babe


The New York Jets quarterback has an impish smile and command on the field, but what’s more is he’s reportedly a big fan of Broadway musicals. If the Jets won more, he’d be a walking impossible dream.

6. Brady Quinn: The Picture-Perfect Quarterback


If you could order a pro quarterback from a Macy’s catalog, this St. Louis Rams quarterback is exactly what you would get.

5. Wes Welker: The Handsome Pirate

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The Denver Broncos wide receiver looks like a sexy pirate, and to boot, he’s got a heart o’ gold: he started a foundation for at-risk youth in his hometown of Oklahoma City. Don’t fight it, just swoon.

4. Cam Newton: The Record-Breaker

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His baby face grin (he’s just 24 years old) isn’t the only reason to fall for Cam: as a rookie quarterback, the Carolina Panthers star shattered the all-mighty Peyton Manning’s record. And he looked great doing it.

3.  Patrick Willis: Future Cop

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The man is an Adonis and a linebacker for the 49ers, but if you need more, I suppose his degree in criminal justice and plan to be a cop later in life should do it.

2. Adrian Peterson: The Flawless One

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I know we aren’t counting rankings, but this Vikings running back is first in the NFL and he’s physically flawless. One look from him and I might actually die of happiness.

1.  Vernon Davis: The Secret Artist and Hottest Football Player of 2013

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The 49ers tight end (keep it your pants, people) wins some points for having studied studio art in college, but it’s his 2013 nude photo shoot for ESPN that clenches (and we mean clenches) the title.