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25 of Our Favorite Sitcom Characters and Their NFL Counterparts

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25 of Our Favorite Sitcom Characters and Their NFL Counterparts

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Sometimes the difference between what goes on in the NFL and what happens in a sitcom are negligible. There are some moments in football that are so strange and hilarious that people unfamiliar with them would assume they came out of a TV show. Joe Namath trying to drunkenly kiss Suzy Kobler, the Super Bowl Shuffle video, and the butt fumble of Mark Sanchez are all funnier things than any comedy writer could have come up with.

There are also some real characters in the NFL who rival the best fictional characters of sitcoms in comedic output. I can’t think of any character in television history funnier than John Madden. People who do impressions of him don’t even have to exaggerate, because quoting him directly is more than sufficient.

I’m not sure if it’s even possible to exaggerate quotes like ‘When your arm gets hit, the ball is not going to go where you want it to’, or ‘Hey the offensive lineman are the biggest guys on the field, they’re bigger than everybody else, and that’s what makes them the biggest guys on the field.”

Madden isn’t the only one who belongs in a sitcom ─ he is just the funniest. In some combination of their personalities, situations, mannerisms, and appearance, there are several people involved with the NFL who bear a striking resemblance to some iconic characters from television. Here are 25 of our favorite sitcom characters and their NFL counterparts.

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25. Adam 'Pacman' Jones: Jazz - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Every time Jones does something stupid and gets thrown out of a bar, strip club or entire city, all I see is Jazz flying out of the Banks’ front door.

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24. Jared Allen: Elly May Clampett - The Beverly Hillbillies

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These incredibly strong, fun-loving hillbillies like to ‘rassle’.

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23. Rex Ryan: Frank Reynolds - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Just filthy, filthy old men.

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22. Andy Reid: Ron Swanson - Parks and Recreation

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Mustaches and Meat.

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21. Tim Tebow: Ned Flanders - The Simpsons

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He diddly-doesn’t want to play anything but quarterback, so he diddly-doesn’t play now.

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20. Von Miller: Zack Morris - Saved by the Bell

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Spilling his urine and conspiring with the drug-test collector were very Preppy-like scams but also like Zack, he was inevitably caught and handed six weeks detention.

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19. Chip Kelly: Kramer - Seinfeld

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Their hair-brained schemes may work out sometimes. But more often than not, they blow up in their face.

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18. DeSean Jackson: Tracy Jordan - 30 Rock

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Jackson still has top-level talent so people are still willing to put up with his crazy antics.

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17. Michael Vick: Earl Hickey - My Name is Earl

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These guys led completely immoral lives until turning points made them change the way they live. Earl’s pivotal moment was listening to Carson Daly talk about karma, Vick’s was when he got caught and wanted back in the NFL.

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16. Riley Cooper: Archie Bunker - All in the Family

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Because they’re racist.

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15. Philip Rivers: Bud Bundy - Married with Children

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Sometimes they get so close and then blow it, and other times they never had a chance but either way, they’ll never get the ultimate prize.

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14. Ndamukong Suh: Eric Cartman - South Park

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Cartman is dirty enough to stomp on opponents when they're down and shameless enough to be a part of a TV show about diving.

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13. Titus Young: Bart Simpson - The Simpsons

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Young has the maturity, short-sightedness and discipline of the iconic trouble-making 10 year old. The only difference is Young’s thoughtless actions have real consequences as evidenced by his three arrests in five days, and current unemployment.

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12. Bill Belichick: Walter White - Breaking Bad

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I know Walter White isn’t from a sitcom but if Belichick can cheat, so can I. Belichick is the Heisenberg of the NFL. He's gruff, will do whatever it takes and good at what he does.

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11. Terrell Owens: Rafi - The League

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These guys are both very self-centered and in a crazy way, still mean well. They always want to be having a good time, but are now actively being avoided because of the inevitable path of destruction they leave behind.

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10. Richard Sherman: Kenny Powers - Eastbound and Down

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Tremendous talent and top-notch trash talking.

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9. Rob Gronkowski: Kelso - That 70's Show

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These partying frat-boy types are pretty dimwitted and not well liked outside of their circles.

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8. Jerry Jones: Mr. Burns - The Simpsons

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These ultra-rich entrepreneurs are extremely unpopular and incompetent, but still get to make all the decisions.

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7. Antonio Cromartie: Quagmire - Family Guy

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Let’s do the math here. How could Cromartie have that many kids be so close to the same age? Giggity.

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6. Chad Johnson: Meg Griffin - Family Guy

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‘Shut up, Meg’, is pretty much what every team is finally saying to Johnson . There are several offenses in need of wide receivers, but he is now the Meg Griffin of the NFL.

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5. Tom Brady: Michael Bluth - Arrested Developement

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These guys are the leaders of their respective families who everybody relies on to keep their chaotic messes functioning.

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4. Tony Romo: Steve Urkel - Family Matters

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"Did I do that?"

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3. Peyton Manning: Kenneth the Page - 30 Rock

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These two seem like they are playing caricatures of a goofy, happy-go-lucky southerner, but those are their actual mannerisms.

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2. Ben Roethlisberger: Dennis Reynolds - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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I’m not spelling this one out. Those who are familiar with these two know of their similar, questionable practices.

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1. Aaron Hernandez: Itchy - The Simpsons

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I’m not explaining this one either.

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