Building the USA’s World Cup ‘Football’ Team

Building America's Football World Cup Team

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The 2014 World Cup has America engaged in soccer more than ever. In fact, the USA's game against Portugal this past Sunday was the highest rated soccer broadcast in our country's history.

But we all know football is America's true sport. It makes you wonder -- what would the USA's World Cup Football team look like?

QB - Peyton Manning

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QB - Peyton Manning

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You have to go with Manning as Team USA's starting QB. For his backups, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers would be the obvious choices.

RB 1 - Adrian Peterson

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RB 1 - Adrian Peterson

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He might be getting close to 30, but there's no doubt AP is still the best RB in the world.

RB 2 - Marshawn Lynch

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RB 2 - Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Having Beast Mode as Team USA's backup RB would spell trouble for other countries. That's of course IF other countries could even field a team.

WR 1 - Calvin Johnson

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WR 1 - Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Megatron is obviously the best receiver in football these days.

WR 2 - AJ Green

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WR 2 - AJ Green

AJ Green

Green is quickly climbing the ranks of the NFL's best WRs. You can easily make the case that he's No. 2 behind Johnson.

WR 3 - Brandon Marshall

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WR 3 - Brandon Marshall

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Marshall just turned 30, but there's little doubt that he'll still be on the top shelf of NFL WRs for a few more years.

WR 4 - Larry Fitzgerald

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WR 4 - Larry Fitzgerald

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Although his numbers have declined in recent years, Fitzgerald is still clearly worthy of representing the USA.

TE 1 - Jimmy Graham

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TE 1 - Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Graham may not want to call himself a tight end, but everybody knows he is. He also happens to be the best TE in all the land.

TE 2 - Vernon Davis

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TE 2 - Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

Davis gets the nod at No. 2 TE over Gronk because let's face it -- Gronk can't stay healthy.

Offensive Line

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Offensive Line

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas, Maurkice Pouncey, Jason Peters, Joe Staley, Logan Mankins, Louis Vasquez, Ryan Kalil.

Defensive Line

Houston Texans JJ Watt
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Defensive Line

Houston Texans JJ Watt

JJ Watt, Robert Quinn, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Mario Williams.

OLB - Robert Mathis

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OLB - Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts is suspended by the NFL for violations under the performance enhancing drug policy

Even though Mathis is currently suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, he's still undeniably one of the best OLBs in the NFL.

OLB - Vontaze Burfict

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OLB - Vontaze Burfict

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At only 23-years of age, the future is very, very bright for Mr. Burfict.

ILB - NaVorro Bowman

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ILB - NaVorro Bowman

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Bowman might currently be on the shelf with a bum knee, but when he's healthy, he's an absolute beast.

ILB - Luke Kuechly

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ILB - Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Kuechly is the type of player who will be around the NFL for a long time. After two years you can already argue that he's the best MLB in the game.

CB 1 - Richard Sherman

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CB 1 - Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Love him or hate him, there's little denying that Sherman is the best CB in all the land.

CB 2 - Darrelle Revis

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CB 2 - Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

Can you imagine having to face Revis Island and Richard Sherman in the same secondary? QB nightmare.

CB 3 - Patrick Peterson

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CB 3 - Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals' CB thinks he belongs in the best DB conversation, and he's right.

CB 4 - Joe Haden

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CB 4 - Joe Haden

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Slowly but surely NFL fans are learning just how good Haden is for the Browns each and every Sunday.

S - Earl Thomas

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S - Earl Thomas

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Thomas has earned his spot in the LOB with three straight Pro Bowl and All-Pro nods (2011-2013).

S - Jairus Byrd

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S - Jairus Byrd

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Depending on who you ask, Byrd may or may not be the best FS in football.

K - Justin Tucker

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K - Justin Tucker

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After just two years in the league it's almost time to call Justin Tucker the best kicker in the business.

P - Johnny Hekker

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P - Johnny Hekker

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Punters don't get a lot of love, but Hekker led the league in net average in 2013, so he gets the nod.

KR/PR - Percy Harvin, Cordarrelle Patterson, Dexter McCluster

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KR/PR - Percy Harvin, Cordarrelle Patterson, Dexter McCluster

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Harvin and Patterson on kickoff return, with McCluster taking care of the PR duties? Holy special teams!


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