Last Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential films in modern movie history: Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become a powerful force at the box office and dominates headlines yearly. The NFL is the sports equivalent to the MCU as it dominates headlines year-round from training camp in July to the NFL Draft in April. It got me thinking about who the NFL equivalent to each original Avenger would be:
CAPTAIN AMERICA – Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Steve Rogers. The first Avenger. Man out of time. Captain America is a lot of things. Most of which you can apply to Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady. Rogers and Brady have both defeated Father Time in improbable ways. Brady, playing well into his 40’s, has done something nobody has ever done at the position. He’s adapted to modern offenses and even gotten better with age. However, what really separates both Brady and Rogers from the others is their leadership. Players gravitate towards Brady in a way we rarely see in the NFL, and he has led his teams to astounding victories including seven Super Bowls.
IRON MAN – Odell Beckham Jr., Free Agent
-Tony Stark is flashy. He is extravagant and over the top. Is there a flashier player in the NFL then OBJ? Beckham Jr. is energetic, joyful and knows a good time when he sees it. In the early years of his career, he was viewed as arrogant, eccentric and he rubbed people the wrong way. Following the Tony Stark arc, as he matured, he has mostly dropped the negative connotation surrounding him. Odell now has a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Los Angeles Rams and was a key member to their playoff success. OBJ has also done a lot in the community for youth with football camps and has also provided hurricane relief when Harvey wrecked the nation.
BLACK WIDOW – Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
-Natasha Romanoff is a deadly assassin and a technician in hand-to-hand combat with a wide array of moves. These same words describe Chargers wideout Keenan Allen. Allen is a dominant player from the slot. As one of the craftiest receivers in the game, Allen has surpassed 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in four of the last five seasons. While he may not be the big deep ball threat that others are, you need to pick your poison with him. He can hurt you in multiple ways, just like Natasha Romanoff.
HAWKEYE – Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
-Now hear me out. I know that putting the most talented quarterback maybe ever as an Avenger widely viewed as lame may seem off. However, Hawkeye is deadly accurate. He rarely ever misses a shot. Mahomes currently leads all NFL quarterbacks in NFL history with a passer rating of 105.8. He is also seventh all-time in completion percentage with a percentage of 66.1 percent. Plus, Hawkeye’s safe house in Iowa is also located in the Midwest similarly to Kansas City.
HULK – Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
-Was there really any other acceptable answer here? Aaron Donald is the NFL version of Hulk. He is a massive individual that causes chaos for opposing offenses. Wreaking havoc upon offensive lines isn’t the only thing that makes Aaron Donald special though. Donald launched AD99 to support the underprivileged youth in Pittsburgh. Donald is one of the best defensive players to ever step on a football field and a very good man off it, making him the perfect fit for Hulk. Are we sure Donald wasn’t built in a lab similarly to Hulk?
THOR – Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
-Thor, the protector of the nine realms as future King of Asgard. Trent Williams, the protector of quarterbacks and runningbacks as left tackle for the San Francisco 49ers. Trent Williams is a freak athlete. Incredibly strong and impossibly agile, Williams has been one of the best protectors in the NFL for over a decade now. Thor is one of the most powerful avengers and Williams is one of the most powerful football players in the NFL.