The best way to sell the NFL is to play hard to win.
And that’s exactly what we saw during the preseason, when some of the best players in the league put on a show for fans of every stripe.
With that in mind, here are five players you should know before the season starts.
Calvin Johnson The NFL’s most prolific receiver has been making headlines for months now, but he still manages to remain one of the most captivating players in sports.
In his rookie season, Johnson averaged nearly a touchdown a game for the Lions and averaged over 12 yards per catch, the most in NFL history.
His production has dropped a bit in the second half, but his production and his consistency is what makes him the perfect candidate for the Hall of Fame.
Marshawn Lynch The Seahawks quarterback is known as one of college football’s most dynamic players, but there’s no denying that he’s the best football player in the world.
Lynch has been a force on both sides of the ball for years now, leading the league in passing yards with 2,924 in 2016.
He has a history of making headlines on the field, and his play on the practice field has made him a perfect candidate to be enshrined into the Hall.
Terrell Owens The Super Bowl champion has spent his entire NFL career as a ball carrier, which makes him a prime candidate for induction into the NFL Hall of Champions.
Owens caught the game-winning touchdown pass for the Ravens in the Super Bowl, leading them to a championship in 2014.
In 2017, he had his best season, leading Seattle to a Super Bowl title in his first season as a starter.
Tom Brady The former Patriots quarterback has been at the center of a lot of controversy in recent years, but with a career that spans two decades, it’s hard to argue with the fact that he still has plenty of fans.
Brady was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and has been voted to the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s Team of the Decade four times.
Brady has led the league with 2.1 touchdown passes per game, including a Super Sunday record of 2,521.
He’s also been named to the NFL All-Defensive First Team five times.
Eli Manning There’s no doubt that the Giants quarterback is one of NFL’s top quarterbacks, but fans are also sure to agree that Eli Manning has been an incredible leader in the locker room.
In 2016, Manning led the Giants to the playoffs for the first time in three years, which helped solidify his status as the greatest player to ever play the game.
He was also voted to a Pro Football All-Decade team four times and was named to two Pro Football Foundation All-America teams.
With his legacy and leadership, it should be no surprise that Manning is considered one of a handful of quarterbacks to be in the Hall, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s on that list.