By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on June 20, 2014
On every NFL team, there is one player who causes more excitement that any of his teammates. These "fan favorites" are just that; these are the players that the crowd loves to see and cheer on. With that said, here is every NFL team's biggest fan favorite.
Larry Fitzgerald has stuck with the Arizona Cardinals through thick and thin. From going to the Super Bowl to suffering through several seasons of mediocrity, Fitzgerald has been faithful to the Cardinals throughout his career and fans love him for that.
He can be loud and he can be brash, but that has just endeared Roddy White to Atlanta fans even more. His passion is obvious both on and off the field, and the fans admire that.
A former-defensive player of the year, Terrell Suggs is held in high regard among Baltimore Ravens' faithful. Suggs is a passionate player, and his hardworking style makes him a favorite in Baltimore.
Although Kiko Alonso has put himself in contention to be the favorite among Buffalo Bills fans, Fred Jackson keeps the title for now. Jackson is a key part of Buffalo's offense, and he has remained loyal to the team and the fans despite continued mediocrity.
Perhaps the best linebacker in the NFL, Luke Kuechly has quickly established himself as a favorite among Panthers fans. Kuechly is a team leader, and his ability to make plays all over the field along with a 2013 defensive player of the year award make him the favorite in Carolina.
Charles Tillman, affectionately nicknamed "peanut", is far and away the most popular player on Chicago's roster. Tillman is a hard-worker on the field, and his desire to connect with fans off the field is something that isn't seen often.
Despite the fact he is a young, superstar wide receiver A.J. Green is a modest, mild-mannered person on and off the field. A nice change of pace from guys like Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, Green is a quiet star Bengals fans love to watch on Sundays.
This one was a toss-up between Joe Haden and Joe Thomas, but I think in the end Haden wins out as Cleveland Browns fans' favorite player. Haden loves Cleveland as much as Cleveland loves him, and that's special.
Injury frustrations aside, I have yet to come across a Dallas Cowboys fan who doesn't like linebacker Sean Lee. Lee is the leader of Dallas' defense when he's on the field, and fans love his team-first attitude.
This was an easy one. Peyton Manning is far and away Denver Broncos fans' favorite player, simple as that. Manning is the picture of leadership and consistency, and he's admired for that.
Truth be told, Detroit Lions fans haven't had much to cheer for over the last decade, so when a player like Calvin Johnson is on the roster, fans embrace him in a big way. Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and he gives Lions fans a reason to keep up hope.
With perhaps the most passionate fans in football, the Green Bay Packers have several players who could be considered "fan favorites". That said, the obvious choice to me had to be QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is perhaps the best player in the league when he's healthy, and he is rightfully held in high regard among Packers fans.
Perhaps the best defensive player in the NFL, J.J. Watt is a tremendous on-field talent, but it's what he does off the field that makes fans love him. Watt can often be spotted helping out at charitable events and having a good time with fans, and that makes him a favorite.
Although QB Andrew Luck is making a case to become a fan favorite in Indy, Reggie Wayne remains the favorite for now. Wayne has been a productive part of the team for a long time, and his willingness to stick with the team has endeared him to fans.
To be honest, it was hard to come up with a player who could be considered a fan favorite for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Without a lot of recognizable names or top-notch talent, there wasn't a clear-cut choice. That said, Cecil Shorts has to be the player here. He's been productive the past two years in spite of Jacksonville's QB play, and Jacksonville has embraced the young receiver.
In the discussion of best running backs in the NFL, Jamaal Charles combines his on-field talent with humility off the field. Charles has a team-first attitude, and his willingness to connect with fans doesn't hurt either.
Since he joined the Miami Dolphins back in 2009, Cameron Wake has become one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL and a definite fan favorite. Wake makes plays and creates excitement in Miami, and that's what fans love to see.
The best pure running back in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has given Vikings fans reason for optimism for years. Peterson is very involved in the community as well, and there's no doubting he means a ton to both the team and the city.
Despite the presence of Tom Brady on the roster, Vince Wilfork still wins out as the fan favorite in New England. Wilfork is passionate, productive and has a sense of humor that allows him to easily connect with the fans.
This one is incredibly obvious. Nobody in the NFL means more to their team or their city than Drew Brees, and he's the man Saints fans rally around.
He's fun and he's exciting; Victor Cruz is clearly the favorite among New York Giants fans. Throw in the fact he tries to help out his community and has a great sense of humor, and it's easy to see why Cruz is held in such a high regard.
Muhammad Wilkerson is the New York Jets' fan favorite player for one reason: He embraces the team's underdog mentality. Despite being one of the best defensive ends in football, Wilkerson doesn't get the credit he deserves, and Jets fans respect and appreciate him for that.
A former UDFA who works hard to secure his place on the team, Rod Streater has earned the admiration of Oakland Raiders fans everywhere. Streater also gives back to the Oakland community on a regular basis, and he has become a fan favorite because of it.
One of the most explosive running backs in the NFL and a great guy off the field, LeSean McCoy really is the total package for the Philadelphia Eagles. It's not often that Eagles fans accept a player to the extent they have accepted McCoy.
For a long time now, Troy Polamalu has been a fan favorite in Pittsburgh. Even though his actual abilities on the field have fallen off as the years have gone by, Polamalu's presence off the field has made Steelers fans love him.
Not only is he one of the best tight ends in NFL history, but it also turns out Antonio Gates is a heck of a guy off the field as well. Gates tries to make a difference in his community and supports various different charities. Gates is a truly good guy, and fans appreciate that.
For a long time, Frank Gore has been a stalwart in San Francisco's backfield, and for a long time, fans have admired him. Gore plays hard, and he connects with fans off the field. What more could you really want?
This was a hard one, but after some careful thinking, it became obvious to me that Earl Thomas has the crown of fan favorite in Seattle, despite guys like Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch hanging around. Thomas is the best safety in the NFL and is beloved by Seattle fans everywhere.
Perhaps the best pure pass rusher in the NFL, Robert Quinn has become quite the player for the St. Louis Rams. Quinn is exciting to watch and provides a spark to the Rams' defense. Quinn is far and away the fan favorite in St. Louis.
Over the past two seasons, Gerald McCoy has become an elite defensive tackle, and Buccaneers fans love him for that. McCoy is also apparently very involved in helping the community and connecting with fans, and he's the obvious fan favorite in Tampa Bay.
Yes, he can be violent, and yes his playing style tends to lead to plenty of fines and discipline. Regardless, Bernard Pollard is the fan favorite in Tennessee. Pollard is ridiculously passionate, and fans embrace him for it.
Although Robert Griffin III could eventually take over as the fan favorite in Washington D.C., that title currently belongs to Alfred Morris for good reason. Morris, a former sixth-round pick, is an extremely hard worker, and his productivity to this point has endeared him to Redskins fans quickly.
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