Sometimes, it's hard to imagine that a popular NFL athlete came from somewhere other than the city where he plays football. However, every NFL player has a hometown where he grew up with a family, a house, and perhaps a dog. How well do you know some of the best players in the league, particularly where they grew up? Here's a quiz where you can test your knowledge on just that!
NFL players often become associated with the city where they play football. It's a tradition as they become icons in their respective cities for their leadership, charitable acts, and on the field play.
When a player is traded away, there is often a huge backlash from fans in the city who don't want to see their favorite player go. An NFL player becomes so associated with the city where they play that it's almost as if they were born and raised there. The city becomes their home, and the fans are their family.
Are you going to be able to recall where the players listed in this quiz grew up? It won't be the easiest task for any NFL fan. If you think you can handle the challenge, go ahead and give this quiz your best shot!
Patrick Mahomes II sat behind Alex Smith his first season in the league. In 2018, Smith was traded to the Redskins and Mahomes took over the starting quarterback position in Kansas City.
After the 2016 season, the Steelers and Le'Veon Bell failed to reach a long-term deal. The Steelers decided to place a franchise tag on Bell who was unhappy with the decision.
Consistently putting up 1,000 yard receiving seasons, A.J. Green has proven he's a top receiver in the NFL. However, the Bengals have failed to make a playoff run while Green has been on the team, and he's often overlooked because of this.
Aaron Donald was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. That season, he racked up 11 sacks and five forced fumbles.
Greg Olsen has been in the league since 2007 when he was drafted by the Bears. He was traded to the Panthers in 2011 where Olsen has been one of the top receiving targets on the team.
In recent years, Ben Roethlisberger has talked about retirement. His comments have garnered criticism, particularly when Roethlisberger has a poor game.
Adrian Peterson was eight yards away from matching the NFL single-season rushing record in 2012. He's one of only seven running backs to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
Khalil Mack was only a two-star recruit coming out of high school. He decided to accept an offer to the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Baker Mayfield led the Oklahoma Sooners to the 2017 College Football Playoff. The team lost in the first round to the University of Georgia.
No one can deny Antonio Brown's talent on the field. However, he has often put himself and his team in difficult positions because of off the field issues.
Drafted out of Arizona, Rob Gronkowski has spent his entire career with the New England Patriots. He has won two Super Bowls during his time in New England.
Ezekiel Elliott led the league in rushing his rookie season. His second year in the NFL wasn't as spectacular because of a six-game suspension at the beginning of the year.
J.J. Watt was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year three out of his first five seasons in the NFL. Injuries have hampered his career since then, but he's still a top defender when he's on the field.
In 2017, Todd Gurley rushed for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns. At the end of the season, he was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
At the start of the 2018 season, Julian Edelman was suspended for four games for using performance-enhancing drugs. In his first game back, Edelman caught seven passes for 57 yards.
Aaron Rodgers was supposed to be one of the first picks in the 2005 NFL draft. He ended up slipping to the end of the first round where he was taken by the Packers.
In 2018, Odell Beckham Jr. became the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. He signed a five-year deal worth $95 million.
Richard Sherman left the Seahawks in 2018 to join the San Fransisco 49ers. Many Seahawks' fans saw this as a betrayal since the 49ers are a division rival.
Few major college programs sought Kareem Hunt coming out of high school. He decided to go to Toledo where he saw significant playing time as a freshman.
Originally, Drew Brees was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. After suffering an injury to his rotator cuff, the Chargers decided to go in a different direction, and Brees signed with New Orleans.
In 2014, Melvin Gordon broke the NCAA single-game rushing record with 408 yards. However, the record was broken a week later by Samaje Perine of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Josh Norman went to the Super Bowl in 2015 with the Carolina Panthers. Once the season ended, he entered into a contract dispute with the Panthers who decided it would be better to move on from the Pro-Bowl cornerback.
Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He led the Patriots to every Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Coming out of college, Andrew Luck was viewed as a safe pick at the quarterback position. He proved why his first few seasons in the league, but an injury has hampered Luck the past couple of years.
Julius Peppers was taken as the second overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft. David Carr was taken as the first pick in that draft, but he retired after 11 mediocre seasons.
After leaving the University of Florida, Cam Newton ended up at Auburn University for one season. In his single season in the Plains, he led the team to a national championship over the Oregon Ducks.
Sean Lee went to back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016. Both seasons, Lee had more than 125 combined tackles.
Julio Jones played college football under Nick Saban at Alabama. Jones helped the team win a national championship in 2009.
LeGarrette Blount infamously punched a player from Boise State after being provoked during a game in 2009. Blount was suspended after the incident, but he was eventually allowed to return to the team.
Von Miller was taken as the second pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He lived up to the hype surrounding him, earning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2011.
DeAndre Hopkins was the NFL receiving touchdown leader in 2017. He caught 13 touchdowns in the season.
After his rookie season, many critics thought Jared Goff would end up a bust in the NFL. However, after a coaching change, the quarterback finally began to shine and hasn't looked back since.
Jameis Winston has made as much noise off the field as on the field. He was suspended at the beginning of the 2018 season for groping an Uber driver.
Mike Evans was given a redshirt his freshman season at Texas A&M. In both of his next two seasons, Evans caught passes for more than 1,000 yards each year.
Matt Ryan led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl in the 2015-16 season. However, the team lost the big game to the New England Patriots after giving up a 28-3 lead.